Cairoscape – Images, Imagination and Imaginary of a Contemporary Mega City, ed. Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel. The publication offers insights into the dynamics of contemporary art and culture in Egypt. Taking the Arab-African megalopolis of Cairo as a starting point, Cairoscape proposes a different way of looking at modern cities and at the phenomenon of contemporary urbanization and translocality. The book functions both as documentation of the project and as a reader. The first section focuses on the exhibition, with information on the art works and interviews with the artists. The second section is a compilation of essays and other contributions on urbanism, media criticism, image politics and art and culture in Egypt and the Middle East.
Andreas Bunte. May the Circle Remain Unbroken and other works with film, with texts by Michelle Cotton, Yilmaz Dziewior, Katerina Gregos and a conversation between Kathrin Meyer und Andreas Bunte. In his 16mm films Andreas Bunte (*1970) “skillfully mixes facts with newly produced material, uses oginal source texts and invents characters (…). The production of his films is preceeded by extensive research. But it is not only an interest in history that moves him: by working with the power inherent in utopian projects he makes the almost superhuman will to change society perceptible in an impressive way.” (Silke Hohmann, Monopol 2/2008, translation: argobooks)
Andeas Bunte’s artist book has been designed in the style of a film magazine from the 1960s (“Film”) that has become a classic because of its large-format film stills and sequences as well as its beautifully simple typography. Numerous images from Bunte’s archive of research material supplement the texts, written by international critics and curators, that discuss four of his film installations.
Riccardo Previdi – Fraktur, published by De Vleeshal, with texts by Lorenzo Benedetti and Daniel Baumann in conversation with the artist. Riccardo Previdi constructs ambiguous situations: inconsistent forms of design, architecture and pop- culture are combined to form something new. For De Vleeshall in spring 2009, the artist installed Fraktur, starting with the traditional typeface of the same name. The result is a particular dualism that illuminates cultural subtext. The accompanying booklet is at the same time functioning as a poster and shows Riccardo Previdis diverse strategies and working methods in a playful and ambiguous way.
Integration Impossible? The Politics of Migration in the Artwork of Tanja Ostojić, with essays by Pam Allara, Manuela Bojadžijev, Adele Eisenstein, Rune Gade, Marina Gržinić, Suzana Milevska, Tanja Ostojić, Judith Surkis and Sefic Tatlić.
Tanja Ostojić (*1972 Belgrade) is known for her Situationist performances involving her own body and personal life. Her recent works, such as Looking for a Husband with EU-Passport, Crossing Borders Series and Naked Life, focus on various aspects of migration, but also include feminist ideas. The texts and images in this book are composed by outstanding Balkan, EU and US theorists and expand on the themes explored in this body of work, supplying additional insights. The book comprises colour images, written descriptions and commentaries on the three larger projects by the artist, as well as transcripts from discussions carried out in the framework of the actual works.
“The real scandal of her work lay not in its sexual explicitness, but in how it located sex at the centre of European politics.” – Judith Surkis. “The expelled, the displaced, the ghettoised, the imprisoned, the immigrated, the war refugees and the Roma: all these marginalised and excluded people treated as “homo sacer” are subjects of Tanja Ostojić’s interest.” – Suzana Milevska
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