Library for Radioactive Afterlife
As an artist “working in photography, on photography and with photography,” Berlin-based Susanne Kriemann “is especially attuned to the politics of image production in the so-called age of the post-medium condition.” (P)ech (B)lende, tying in from her solo exhibition at the Ernst Schering Foundation, is an assemblage of archival materials, photo documents, literature and found objects related to Pechblende, the German word for a type of uraninite. The book focuses on both the literal and the political invisibility of this highly radioactive component of the USSR’s nuclear arsenal. Kriemann, who studied under Joseph Kosuth and Joan Jonas, worked with scientists at natural history museums in the US and Berlin to produce the book’s stunning “autoradiographs”—a unique type of photograph made by directly exposing light-sensitive paper to radioactive mineral specimens. Included are seven texts addressing the history of scientific and photographic processes, narrated through the interconnected sites of laboratory, archive and museum. Kreimann has exhibited at MCA, Chicago; Fotomuseum Winterthur; and more.
Softcover / 4 ½ x 7 in.
216 pp / 80 b&w
Retail Price: Out of print