A Conversion Act
Prompted by an interest in narrative, Berlin-based Swedish artist Nadja Bournonville has worked extensively on the phenomenon of female hysteria. In her latest beautifully designed artist’s book, the artist uses fragmentary traces of this highly elusive pathology to create a discrete world of often-surrealistic images. Bournonville’s photographs, drawings and prints seductively blend fact with fiction. Of her working method, the artist says: “My work focuses on this act of transformation, the spectacle, the staging, the attempt to document and size up the body through photography, the subliminal erotic aspect, and the all-in-all shaky framework as medical theory.” Stunning reproductions create the backdrop for the artist’s complex and personal exploration. Essays by Karin Johannisson, Christina von Braun, and Dorothee Elmiger contextualize the history and aesthetics of hysteria.
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During the winter of 2011-2012, the Austrian Ministry for Cultural Affairs sponsored artist Matthias Herrmann to live and work in New York City as part of a residency program. The address/title of this book refers to the studio sup- plied by the Ministry, from which Hermann explored the city and the surrounding areas. Herrmann’s New York is an abandoned, quasi-nocturnal world of empty museums, train tracks and office plazas, their details and imperfections captured on an analogue camera without the use of digital manipulation, cropping or even a tripod. He considers the photographic inventory as a characteristic aesthetic of his work—and the strict sequencing of the photographs in the book make it perhaps the defining element of this poetic project. Internationally known for his challenging homoerotic self-portraits, this accomplished artist took an unexpected and exciting detour in this personal study of the urban landscape.
192 pp/ 190 color
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