Uneven Bodies (Reader) Edited by Ruth Buchanan, Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Hanahiva Rose

Published by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, 2021, 120 pages (single colour ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €20

Uneven Bodies (Reader) is a comprehensive collection of writing produced as an outcome of a symposium of the same name held in Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2020 that addresses the politics of collections today and the complex terrain of power in which this conversation sits. The collection places specific emphasis on Indigenous positions, linking this into the so-called international paradigm. Topics covered include collecting contemporary both inside and outside the institution, repatriation, deaccession, and Indigenous methodology in collection work. With keynote contributions from Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Gabi Ngcobo, Dr. Clémentine Deliss, and Wanda Nanibush and nine other positions, the readers offers a template for how we can imagine collecting in the future; full of mutated spaces we don’t yet know how to move in, full of powerful languages we still need to learn how to speak, together. Designed by HIT.

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Shame Andrea Büttner

Published by Walther König, Köln, 2020, 128 pages, 13.8 × 20 cm, English

Price: €18 (Temporarily out of stock)

From shaming and shamefulness to shame-avoidance and shamelessness, the experience of shame influences our social behaviours, decision making abilities, and desires. Shame determines what we show and what we hide. And yet, as an emotion that begs for its own concealment, what is the structure and appearance of shame? How does shame interact with the realm of the visible, and where does it surface in visual culture? In this extensive historical and contemporary analysis of shame and its power, artist Andrea Büttner probes the definitions and representations of shame. The book includes close readings of Sigmund Freud’s writings on play and fantasy, challenges theoretical approaches to Andy Warhol’s queer performativity on film, and frames Dieter Roth’s representations of shame in his writing and moving image work.

Designed by HIT Studio. 

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Deux Soeurs Beatrice Gibson

Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin & Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, 2020, 248 pages (colour ill.), 10.8 × 18 cm, English

Price: €16

Edited by Axel Wieder, with texts by Robert Glück, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, Pauline Oliveros, Adrienne Rich and contributions by Basma Alsharif, Erika Balsom, CAConrad, Adam Christensen, Beatrice Gibson, Mason Leaver-Yap, Eileen Myles, Irene Revell

Deux Soeurs brings together a chorus of voices that explore representations of parenthood, friendship, and disobedience. The book acts as a reader to artist Beatrice Gibson’s films, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018) and Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters (2019), and includes material that informed Gibson’s working process, together with the artist’s texts and notes used in both films.

Designed by HIT Studio.

You can listen to Beatrice Gibson’s podcast What’s Love Got To Do With It  here.

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A Line May Lie, Testing Time Judith Hopf

Published by Kunstverein Lingen & Studio Voltaire, London, 2015, 64 pages (b/w ill.), 11 × 16 cm, English/German

Price: €13

Published to coincide with Hopf’s exhibitions A Line May Lie, at Kunsthalle Lingen and Testing Time at Studio Voltaire, 2013. Includes essays by Meike Behm and Joe Scotland.

Hopf’s work focuses on how our social environments shape us, influence us, and by extension thereby exclude us from ourselves. Hopf uses a wide variety of techniques such as sculpture, installation, film and performance, often engaging subjects and materials that can be found in the immediate environment.

Designed by HIT Studio.

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The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong Ruth Buchanan

Published by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth, 2019, 96 pages (b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €4

A comprehensive exhibition guide for The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, curated by Ruth Buchanan.

Presenting the largest number of collection works ever shown at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, including treasured highlights, the project seeks to break (open) the mechanisms of collecting and challenges the role and success of the museum. If a collection is meant to reflect the society that creates it, there are problems with the methodologies if amongst this highly regarded collection, so few perspectives are captured.

This conflict in motion is made visible through the lens of a gallery collection, and provides a crucial course alteration for the future. Here, the collection becomes the scene, and the body in attendance is dynamically addressed, and each of us – the institution, the visitor, and the artist herself are implicated in what these future procedures may be.

A PDF of the publication can be downloaded here.

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BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS RUTH BUCHANAN, JUDITH HOPF, MARIANNE WEX

Published by Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2016, 51 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €20

BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS is an extension of the exhibition with the same title held at the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand in late 2016. Through paying close attention to both colour and texture the publication brings together elements seen in the show and transforms and reconfigures them into the framework of the A4 page: the tongues of Judith Hopf’s concrete serpents become cartoon-style cut outs, Ruth Buchanan’s 13m long banner of wavy lines becomes a place holder that repeats throughout the book while Marianne Wex’s work is discussed in detail in a new essay by Mike Sperlinger. The book also includes an introduction to the project by Christina Barton and a fold-out index of exhibition snapshots. Designed by HIT Studio. Photography by Shaun Waugh, Sophie Thorn, Jim Barr

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