A documentation of socialist industrial products and workers, a young Ai Weiwei, Mark Manders’ process, and nomadic symbols.
Double Bound Economies
‘Doppelte Okonomien’ (Double Bound Economies) archived commercial photographer Reinhard Mende, who was based in the East Germany from the 1960s to the 1980s. Mende photographed the Leipzig Trade Fair and the showcase of socialist industrial products for visitors from Western countries. The book’s title refers to the doubling of capitalist and socialist economies, suggesting how we may come to approach this unique body of work today. Despite being commissioned to shoot the products, people, especially workers are strongly featured throughout.Buy Here
Ai Weiwei New York 1983-1993
A young Ai Weiwei’s life and practice in New York throughout the 80s and early 90s. In the decade he lived there, Ai took over 10,000 black and white photographs, which had been left untouched until he selected 277 of them to be showed in 2010. These photographs now populate ‘Ai Weiwei: New York 1983-1993’, and capture some of city’s key social and cultural upheavals and moments such as the Tompkins Square riots.Buy Here
Cose In Corso
An extensive volume of monochrome documentation photographs published to coincide with celebrated Dutch artist Mark Manders’ exhibition at Collezione Maramotti centering on the installation work ‘Isolated Bathroom / Composition with Four Colors’. The images – which include behind-the-scenes photographs and works in progress – assume various vantages on Manders’ practice, teasing out the semantic and spacial elements and hierarchies that have informed his work since 1986.Buy Here
‘Wandering Off’ details the works of Antwerp-based artist Lara Dhondt, whose artistic process comprises various stages of documentation. Plotting the location of her public sculptures on Google Maps, the sites of her creations and her photography can be traced via the Internet coordinates as well as physical maps. Dhondt’s approach to working is both methodical and creative, the art itself occurring exclusively in outdoor, public spaces, and her process of documentation stylistically similar to movements such as land art and conceptual art of the late 60s and 70s. Constructed based on the dimensions of personal space, these demarcations and sculptures assume the form of nomadic symbols and serve as a monument to temporariness.Buy Here