Wild Plants of Palestine Alaa Abu Asad

Published by Alaa Abu Asad, Maastricht, 2019, hand numbered edition of 25 (second edition), risograph print, unpaginated (b/w ill.), 14.5 × 20 cm, English

Price: €25

Wild Plants of Palestine follows journeys of observational tours solicited by the Palestinian Museum and conducted by two professors from Birzeit University to collect photos of and information on the Palestinian Flora. The title is adapted from a collection of 123 images (circa 1900 to 1920) of wild flowers in Palestine found in the Matson Collection in the Library of Congress. Despite the tendency to trace the wild plants, the text in general aims at questioning the territorial extension of what is meant by the term “Palestinian”, while standing on insignificant topographical features of the (postcolonial) landscape in West Bank. Furthermore, it addresses photography as a practice and a tool of distributing and restricting information at once.

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Libro Illeggibile ‘mn 1’ Bruno Munari

Published by Corraini Edizioni, Mantua, 2013, 32 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 10 × 10 cm, Italian

Price: €5

In 1949 Munari designed for the first time a series of “libri illeggibili” (illegible books), which abandoned textual communication in behalf of aesthetic function only. Paper is no longer the support of only text, but it also communicates a message through the format, the colour, the cuts and their successions. The elements that usually set up a book (like the colophon and the title-page) are removed, and the reading seems the execution of a melody, with always different tones during the sequence of the pages.

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