Once in the XX Century Deimantas Narkevičius

Published by Arnolfini, Bristol, 2006, 56 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 21 cm, English

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Deimantas Narkevičius creates complex, poetic explorations of post-Soviet Europe and the relationship of its peoples to the past. Often adopting the aesthetic and techniques of documentary filmmaking, he employs interviews, archive footage, animation and still photography to grapple with questions about our political and moral obligations to history, memory and society. Although rooted in the history of his native Lithuania, Narkevičius’s films find a wider resonance as deeply intimate studies of ordinary lives lived at times of remarkable turmoil and change.

This publication is produced on the occasion of Narkevičius’s first solo exhibition in the UK and features an interview with the artist by Martin Clark

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Travail 1964-2006 Peter Friedl

Published by Museu d 'Art Contemporari de Barcelona, 2006, 380 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 21 cm, French

Price: €25

Produced on the occasion of Peter Friedl: Work 1964-2006 at Museu d ‘Art Contemporari de Barcelona (MACBA) from 26 may to 3 September 2006.

Peter Friedl’s practice has continually challenged the art world, as “conceptual acts,” his works take on the role of models: as exemplary articulations and solutions of aesthetic problems involving political and historical consciousness. With them, Friedl continues to transgress the borders of art, a process begun by the Conceptual Art of the 1960s, opening contemporary art to its social, economic, and institutional conditions. “Overcoming the dictate of visibility, without using text as a substitute,” is how Friedl outlines his artistic program.

With texts by Mieke Bal, Roger M. Buergel, Norman M. Klein, Bartomeu Mari;, Jean-Pierre Rehm.

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Work 1964-2006 Peter Friedl

Published by Museu d 'Art Contemporari de Barcelona, 2006, 380 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 17 × 21 cm, English

Price: €25

Produced on the occasion of Peter Friedl: Work 1964-2006 at Museu d ‘Art Contemporari de Barcelona (MACBA) from 26 may to 3 September 2006.

Peter Friedl’s practice has continually challenged the art world, as “conceptual acts,” his works take on the role of models: as exemplary articulations and solutions of aesthetic problems involving political and historical consciousness. With them, Friedl continues to transgress the borders of art, a process begun by the Conceptual Art of the 1960s, opening contemporary art to its social, economic, and institutional conditions. “Overcoming the dictate of visibility, without using text as a substitute,” is how Friedl outlines his artistic program.

With texts by Mieke Bal, Roger M. Buergel, Norman M. Klein, Bartomeu Mari, Jean-Pierre Rehm.

#2006 #normanmklein #peterfriedl #rogermbuergel
After action for another library, 1999–2001/2006 Tom Nicholson

Published by Biennale of Sydney, 2006, 12 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 15 × 21 cm, English

Price: €7

Produced on the occasion of Tom Nicholson’s After action for another library, 1999–2001/2006 at Pier 2/3 as part of Zones of Contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney, 8 June–27 August 2006

On 30 August 1999 East Timorese voted overwhelmingly to become an independent nation in a ballot sponsored by the UN. Following the announcement of the result, occupying Indonesian troops carried out systematic destruction throughout East Timor. Within two weeks several thousand civilians were murdered (a precise number is unknown), 200,000 were forcibly transported to concentration camps in West Timor and other parts of Indonesia, and most significant infrastructure was destroyed.

Libraries were systematically burned, amongst them the widely-used university library and the English library in Dili. Private collections of books were targeted, and in notable cases book collections of prominent intellectuals and independence activists were collected on the street where they were publicly set alight. Action for another library was established in Melbourne in response to these circumstances. Thousands of books were donated by bookstores, libraries, and individuals. They were shipped to Dili in containers where they now form part of the nascent National University Library of East Timor.

#2006 #tomnicholson
Běla Kolářová Experiment, řád, důvěrnost

Published by Muzeum Umění, Olomouc, 2006, 128 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 24 × 28 cm, Czech

Price: €22

Published on the occasion of Experiment, řád, důvěrnost: Běla Kolářová at Muzeum Umění, Olomouc, 27/9 – 31/12/2006.

Prague-based artist Běla Kolářová (1923–2010) began experimenting with photographic techniques in the early 1960s, creating photograms and X-ray photographs that continued the Bauhaus tradition of photography as an abstract medium. Thus, for a series of photograms she called vegetages, she produced miniature “artificial negatives” by pressing natural materials into soft paraffin and using them for the exposure of the photographic paper instantaneously as “negatives.” In the late sixties Kolářová increasingly began creating assemblages out of found objects including household items such as snap fasteners, needles and safety pins. Kolářová arranged these objects according to conceptual grids, and thus they are somewhat akin to the work of Nouveaux Realistes as well as to various conceptual practices. The work she produced in this way defied the aesthetic canon of Socialist Realism, and Kolářová developed a remarkable conceptual feminist style that was all her own.

In recent years, Kolářová’s work was shown at the documenta 12 (2007), at the Raven Row gallery in London (2010) and in solo shows at the Museum Kampa in Prague (2008) and Muzeum Umění in Olomouc (2006).

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SECESSION Christopher Williams

Published by Walther Konig, Köln, 2005/06, 96 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 29.5 cm, English / German

Price: €45

Christopher Williams precise photographs retain in a paradoxical way what is in the process of vanishing. His photographs, influenced by the advertising aesthetics of the 1960s or 70s tend to become as anachronistic as their motifs. Published as the second volume of the De Rijke / De Rooij catalogue on the occasion of their exhibition at the Vienna Secession, the two volumes are, however, independently conceptualized artist`s books.

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