An Arrival Tale
Daniela Zyman & Cory Scozzari (Eds.)
Appropriation, storytelling, reenactment and reportage are some of the strategies Mexican conceptual artist Mario García Torres (b. 1975) deploys to highlight the limitations of factual evidence and the agency of historical records and objects. An Arrival Tale detaches his works from their original context and offers them as a collection of narratives and artistic experiments in order to address the urgencies of our time. The amply illustrated monograph exploring the artist’s multidisciplined work—film and video, photography, sound and performance—pairs diverse contributions by sound artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, writer Armen Avanessian, curator Chus Martinez plus theorist Anke Hennig examining the space of arrival as a complicated and disjointed nexus between departure, displacement and return. While conceived in relation to the solo exhibition at TBA21, Vienna, the publication expands on thematic threads of spatial disjunction, recollection, asynchronicity, fictionality and the politics of visibility. Torres has exhibited and performed at the Hammer Museum (2015), the Stedekijk Museum, UC Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, Tate Modern, dOCUMENTA (13), the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and more.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ½ in.
216 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $34.00
THYSSEN -BORNE MISZA ART CONTEMPORARY, VIENNA
The German Library Pyongyang
In early 2016, the German Library in Guangzhou, China, was transformed into The German Library Pyongyang, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut. The temporary intervention by Amsterdam-based South Korean artist Sara van der Heide (b. 1977) is a re-imagining of the German Library into the Goethe-Institut’s library initiative. Devised as a way to discuss national cultural policy in a post–Cold War and postcolonial era, van der Heide’s project looks critically toward the parallel histories of Germany and the two Koreas, transcending thinking prescribed by nation-state, language and geography. Artistic, linguistic and graphic interventions in the library merge with the activities of the German learning center, including the replacement of all Chinese institutional printed matter with Korean texts. The softcover folio holds four slender exhibition booklets in German, Korean, English and Chinese, plus a reader with critical reflections by a variety of artists and musicians, exhibition and seminar documentation. Informative essays by Anselm Franke, Changho Choi and others.
English, Chinese, German & Korean
Softsleeve cover w/5 pamphlets
7 x 9 ½ in. / 80 pp / 35 b&w
Retail Price: $16.00