LE SILENCE Une fictiongathers a corpus of contemporary works by 25 artists, ranging from Arman’sAccumulationsto Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs, and together they present a world that is both strange and familiar, what curator Simone Menegoi refers to as “the story of a planet that has become uninhabitable for reasons unknown….” Part scientific experiment, part fictional narrative, the effect of these traces that our civilisation leaves behind is one of a reversal of history, as if the works between the pages, artifacts of our contemporary era, are being observed through the eyes of an archaeologist or anthropologist from the future.
The curators Simone Menegoi and Cristiano Raimondi have amassed a collection of prints, glass plates, sculptures, slides, video stills and paintings, that sit within the tradition of the landscape genre yet seen from a particular perspective: the aesthetics of the contemporary Sublime, drawing on the spectacle of environmental disasters and economic collapse. Another prominent group of works is comprised of sculptures and assemblages from artists, active since the 1960’s, who use every day and waste material to create. Work by American artist Michael E. Smith, whose sculptures are made from waste collected in his hometown, the urban desert of Detroit, completes the exhibition as ‘fossils’ of our consumer society.
Artists: Dove Allouche, Vladimir Arkhipov, Arman, Bartolomeo Bimbi, Maurice Blaussyld, Michel Blazy, Karl Blossfeldt, Brassaï, Peter Buggenhout, Carlos Casas, Romeo Castellucci, Lourdes Castro, Tony Cragg, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Geert Goiris, Jochen Lempert, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, Adrien Missika, Linda Fregni Nagler, Walter Pichler, Rudolf Polanszky, Pierre Savatier, Erin Shirreff, Michael E. Smith, Daniel Spoerri, Hiroshi Sugimoto
THE DAILY EXHAUSTION is a small newspaper, which contains 23 self-portraits of an obsessed workaholic artist, who has reached the sweaty emotional state of exhaustion. When you browse through the publication, you will pass a gradual colour spectrum, which Kruithof considers the stratification of human energy. THE DAILY EXHAUSTION confirmed quite aware that a photo or a photo series is invented as a conscious construction, but simultaneously withdraws that statement into question, because the pictures are credible and honest. This causes confusion and raises the question of what THE DAILY EXHAUSTION actually is? In her current and future exhibitions Anouk Kruithof displays THE DAILY EXHAUSTION newspapers either as a large pile, from which visitors can take a copy for free or as a large wall installation made out of the original pages of the newspaper.
This special edition comes with a print together with the newspaper-zine in a sealed plastic bag. The photo is a snapshot from the trash bin at the printer. (Dijkmann Offset Amsterdam, where the newspaper-zine was printed in August 2010) newspaper-zine: 19.5 X 27.5 cm, full colour, 48 pages print: 20 X 30 cm, inktjet colour print, signed and dated.
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Large, thread-bound photo book printed on special blue-backed paper, the collaborative team WassinkLundgren takes a concerted look at the daily ritual of China’s refuse collectors, capturing 24 bottle collectors against the backdrops of Beijing and Shanghai.
Winner of the Contemporary Photography Book Award at the 2007 Rencontres d'Arles photography festival and recently selected in in Parr/Badger - The Photobook: A History Volume 3.
Note: this is the 2nd edition.
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Record no.19 showcases grainy, high-contrast street snapshots of Florence and other Tuscan towns taken by Daido Moriyama during a trip to Italy for his big retrospective show "The World through my Eyes", held at the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena.
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