Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz
Mara Goldwyn (Ed.)
First published in 2013 and expanding on the artist collaborative Slavs and Tatars’ investigation into the disparate events that bookend the 20th and 21st century—the collapse of Communism in Poland and the Islamic Revolution in Iran—Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz traces unlikely points of convergence in Iran and Poland’s economic, social, political, religious and cultural histories. Drawing on multidisciplinary practices encompassing archival research, recordings from 1979 through the 1980s, installations, lectures, performances and print media, interlaced with a good amount of humor, the softcover publication includes essays, interviews, and archival presentations on subjects ranging from 17th-century Sarmatism to the contemporary Green Movement that arose after the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Friendship of Nations has also been exhibited at venues as diverse as MoMA, NY, and Polish Tatar villages on the Byeolrussian border. Since 2006 Slavs and Tatars have used the improbable pairing of humor and geography to shed light on the complex sociopolitics of the Eurasian region.
Softcover / 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ in. / 184 pp
Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $49.95
SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Yoko Mori & Yuri Yamada (Eds.)
Mt. Fuji is the focus of renowned international visual artist Fiona Tan’s (b. 1966) latest installation and site-specific work, Ascent, presented at the Izu Photo Museum, Japan (2016). The project is comprised of two visual parts—a 77-minute video installation and an extensive photographic installation of over 4,000 images either contributed by the public or selected from the archives of the Izu Photo Museum. The project is at once a rumination on the singularity of the mountain, man’s relationship to it, an exploration of history told through visual culture, and a study of the history of film. Conceived almost as an artist’s book project, the published record of the exhibition is divided into three small softcover catalogs housed in an elegant cardboard slipcase. The first book, filled with 100 color and black-and-white images, features both video outtakes and a fascinating selection of historical and contemporary images of Mt. Fuji. The two remaining books feature contributions by noted writer and curator David Campany, art historian Toshiharu Ito and cultural anthropologist Shinichi Takemura and Fiona Tan’s script for Ascent.
Japanese & English
3 Softcover vol. in slipcase
6 ½ x 9 ¼ in. / 240 pp
Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $40.00
IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, JAPAN