A Lebanese Archive
A chance encounter in a homeless hostel between Polish artist and photographer Ania Dabrowska and Lebanese journalist Diab Alkarssifi led to the discovery of Alkarssifi’s collection of 27,000 photographs from Beirut, Damascus and Cairo covering over 100 years of Arab history. Complemented by the journalist’s previously unknown personal photographs of everyday life in Beirut, his home city of Baalbeck on the Syrian border, and his student years in the early 1970s in Moscow and Budapest, this treasure trove is an extraordinary record of modern Arab history. Dabrowska designed the book to preserve and re-present to the public a century of cultural and political history in Lebanon and the Middle East. A Lebanese Archive is an electrifying historical record featuring an essay by artist Akram Zaatari and over 100 images from the archive.
ARAB IMAGE FOUNDATION, LEBANON
October 2015 / Softcover
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches / 240 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-1-906012-62-5 · Retail Price: $45.00
Nouvelle Burlesque Brutal: A Trilogy by Katrina Daschner
Performance artist Katrina Daschner’s explosive third book is divided into chapters corresponding to her films Hafenperlen (2008), Aria de Mustang (2009) and Flaming Flamingoes (2011).While the burlesque narratives are told in part through film stills, flip-book effects are also used in the book format to “read” the gestural moments and performative aspects visible in the cinematic rendition. The stage and the exhibition are perceived as a sexualized arena of play and performance in which processes of desire and power – along with gaze scenarios – are negotiated and staged. Readers walk on to a stage setting to find themselves in a field of gazes in which they have become not just the audience but also the protagonists.
April 2012 / Softcover / 6.5 x 9.5 inches / 96 pp / 52 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-59-0 · Retail Price: $29.95
Killing the Systems Softly 8 Feminist Photographic Essays
2005 / Softcover / 5 x 6 3/4 inches
96 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 3-901756-48-2 · Retail Price: $29.95
As Time Goes By
1982 1988 1997 2014
Swiss artist-photographer Barbara Davatz’s As Time Goes By is now considered a classic, with its frontal black-and-white images of a dozen pairs of young people looking straight at the camera against a light gray studio backdrop. In 2014, 32 years after having taken the very first pictures of her subjects, Davatz resumed this long-term conceptual project shot in Zürich with a new round of portraits of the same cast of characters. The project now covers three generations, their ranks swelled over the years with the addition of 14 children and several grandchildren. Without revealing any personal information, the series narrates the separations, aging and loss, growth of families and the inheritance of family traits over time, creating a portrait not only of people but of changing times. Davatz casts a sober but sympathetic eye on the personal and collective details of her subjects in this straightforward yet epic narrative.
FOTOSTIFTUNG SCHWEIZ, SWITZERLAND
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / English & German / Hardcover
10 ¾ x 13 inches / 168 pp / 89 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-905929-79-9 · Retail Price: $80.00
Simone Demandt has proved that he is a master in his field: a psychologically insightful and technically skilled photographer. And yet everything is different about the photographs in this series. Instead of traditional portraits, one finds rows of confiscated objects and collected evidence. Instrumenta Sceleris, the artist’s newest book and exhibition catalog, documents objects sequestered in police crime rooms, silent witnesses of a past unidentified crime. Working quickly and fastidiously to expose and index these politically charged items, Demandt improvised a studio setup and lighting; each machete, handgun or broken beer bottle was placed in the same white box and then excruciatingly documented to perfection. The result is a chilling sequence of images that leave room for expansive interpretation. Demandt’s new catalog comes on the heels of his recent survey catalog by Hatje Cantz. With texts by museum director Harald Siebenmorgen, Katrin Lorbeer and media theorist Peter Weibel.
BADISCHES LANDESMUSEUM KARLSRUHE, GERMANY
July 2014 / English & German / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 104 pp / 63 color
ISBN: 978-3-86442-083-2 · Retail Price: $39.95
Long one of the world’s most tragic perpetual war zones, the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus was divided into two sections in the 1970s: the Turkish-occupied north is Moslem, and the Greek south is Greek Orthodox. In these evocative color photographs, Berlin-based artist Johanna Diehl shows us the surreal results of the partition that disrupted a couple of thousand years of human history as Cypriots rushed to move to the “right” side of the dividing line. Diehl’s photos of destroyed churches and mosques, left to deteriorate, floors of churches covered in carpets for Moslem prayer, mosques defaced by graffiti, have a rigor that at first recalls the Becher School. Her precise eye for minimal formal details reveals the collective fate of the people she never shows. With an essay by the German art historian Miriam Paeslack, who lectures at the University of Buffalo, NY.
2011 / Hardcover / 11 x 13 7/8 inches / 76 pp / 38 color
ISBN: 978-3-902675-28-6 · Retail Price: $59.95
1998, Exhibition catalog
Hardcover, 9 x 6 1/4 inches
112 pp, 83 duotone reproductions
ISBN: 3-7212-0522-7 · Retail Price: $65.00
1973 / Paper foldout / 6 x 6 inches / 8 pp
No ISBN · Retail Price: $9.95
The creation of seamless illusion without jarring disruptions of cinematic space or time remains the driving tenet of Hollywood cinema. The preservation of this order, called continuity, is John Divolas focus in this striking book. Divola creates haunting installations of fictive reality through his use of original still photographs of Warner Bros. film sets from the 1930s which he has collected. Divided into such subject categories as Hallways, Broken Furniture, and Evidence of Aggression, these images display a glorious formal beauty (made possible by the use of 8?10 negatives) as well as the solid intellectual grounding one finds in the best conceptual art. Essay by Edward Dimendberg.
SMART ART PRESS, LOS ANGELES
1997 / Softcover / Series V. III, No. 34
10 x 12 in. / 72 pp
ISBN: 978-0-9630785-4-4 · Retail Price: $29.95
Still (and all)
2000, Exhibition catalog
Softcover, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
40 pp, 9 b&w and 52 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-893900-01-0 · Retail Price: $22.00