a r c h i p e l a g o presents Ouvrage, an exhibition looking at visual artists using the book medium as part of their practice. The exhibition aims to give a comprehensive overview of the dynamic artist books and publishing scene today.
The exhibition brings together 70 books and a performance by Lalu Delbracio.
They have been selected for their interesting approach to the idea of the image and for the way this is articulated in the form of the book. The works deal with aesthetical, sociological and political issues related to photography such as abstraction, image privacy and politics of representation. Through the choice of format, the treatment of images and their articulation via texts, these artists explore the many possibilities offered by the book as an art form.
Produced and selected over recent months, some are self-published, some from small publishers, and some still in dummy form. They come from 20 countries including Brazil, Egypt, Japan and Russia. The selection also involves innovative publishers’ projects from around Europe such as Sudario, Harpun Verlag and Highchair Editions.
The selection includes books by Marianne Bjørnmyr, Julia Borissova, Alessandro Dandini De Silva, Laura El Tatawy, Pio Figueiroa, Ikuru Kwuajima, Tom Lovelace, Raymond Meek, Sophy Rickett, Noe Sendas…
On the 13th of October, Uruguayan artist Lalu Delbracio will be at the gallery to present Hunger a performance that explores the feeling of loving someone so much you want to eat them. The artist enters an installation of over-sized images, tears and reshuffle the installation until its inevitable disappearance. The remaining torn material is collated into a series of unique books that can be purchased. Each book works like a piece of the installation.