The Story of the Red Thread
Michele Faguet (Ed.)
From the 1970s to the present, Chilean artist, poet and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña’s (b. 1948) work has used red thread to visually and poetically engage with rituals from Aboriginal Australia, South Africa, Paleolithic Europe and pre-Columbian America. Vicuña’s performances, site-specific installations, paintings and drawings relate to the symbolic function of textile and language in terms of femininity, maternity and the support and continuation of life. Published on the occasion of Vicuña’s installation in Athens for dOCUMENTA (14), Read Thread tells the story of the sanguine thread in Vicuña’s work—a kind of weaving-as-writing—and conveys the tension of ecological disaster and reparation as well as a bodily sense of the cosmic scale of landscape, history and time. Alongside historical and recent documentation of Vicuña’s large-scale installations, the softcover publication extensively illustrates her drawings, poetic texts and narratives relating the works to their political and historical context. Essays by dOCUMENTA (14) curator Dieter Roelstraete and art historian José de Nordenflycht Concha complete the book.
Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ½ in. / 148 pp
14 b&w and 67 color
Retail Price: $27.00
Dirk Luckow & Kira Perov (Eds.)
To mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation, a comprehensive solo exhibition by renowned American media artist Bill Viola (b. 1951) will take place at contemporary museum Deichtorhallen Hamburg, June through September 2017. Featured are 13 large-scale video installations from 1991 to the present, some more than 30 feet high. Viola has long explored core themes of human life—birth, emotion, spirituality, love and death with a particular interest in the mystical traditions of Christianity, Zen Buddhism and Islam. His works convey the experience of the sublime and the spiritual in the global language of the 21st century, encouraging the viewer to reflect on the fundamental questions of life and one’s own existence. Documenting this monumental show is the extensively illustrated catalog featuring 80 full-color plates along with essays by Bill Viola, Dirk Luckow, Dorothee Böhm and Wulf Herzogenrath. A few past exhibitions include Grand Palais, Paris; MoMA, NY; the American Pavilion, 46th Venice Biennale; and the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence.
English & German / Softcover
8 ½ x 12 ¾ in. / 168 pp / 80 color
Retail Price: $48.00