Through 76 duotone photographs interspersed with the verse of Afghan poet Bahodine Majrouh and a few short, diarylike pieces written by photographer Steele-Perkins, readers are given an impressionistic glimpse of harsh contemporary life in Afghanistan. A freelance photographer for the Magnum Agency, Steele-Perkins constructs a vision of the ravages of the internecine strife among the disparate Afghan peoples and the destruction of the infrastructure of their daily lives. Based on Steele-Perkins's four sojourns in Afghanistan, this book presents an implied criticism of the Taliban but wisely eschews a polemic stance for who are the angels in a civil war?
EN - 128 Pages - 24.8 cm x 1.9 cm x 33 cm - 1.2Kg
Yale University Press, 2022
By the end of World War II an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books had been seized from their owners by Nazi forces; many were destroyed. The artworks and cultural artifacts that survived have traumatic, layered histories. This book traces the biographies of these objects—including paintings, sculpture, and Judaica—their rescue in the aftermath of the war, and their afterlives in museums and private collections and in our cultural understanding. In examining how this history affects the way we view these works, scholars discuss the moral and aesthetic implications of maintaining the association between the works and their place within the brutality of the Holocaust—or, conversely, the implications of ignoring this history.
Afterlives offers a thought-provoking investigation of the unique ability of art and artifacts to bear witness to historical events. With rarely seen archival photographs and with contributions by the contemporary artists Maria Eichhorn, Hadar Gad, Dor Guez, and Lisa Oppenheim, this catalogue illuminates the study of a difficult and still-urgent subject, with many parallels to today’s crises of art in war.
AHCI, the Independent Spirit, Time Makers since 1985
The Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, AHCI) is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2020: that’s over one-third of a century of total independence, creativity, exhibitions, and sharing watchmaking craftsmanship. Here, AHCI, the oldest organization in the world devoted to protecting independent, artisanal watchmaking, presents an inside portrait of its members and candidates. Here, they share their most iconic creations and their knowhow, give guided tours of their workshops and offer a glimpse into their own private world. This dive into the beating heart of independent watchmaking is for all lovers of creativity and authenticity, be the connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship or experienced collectors willing to take the road less travelled.English - 215 Pages - 29 x 21 cm - 1.6 Kg
Dieter Buchhart, Elsy Lahner
Ai Weiwei is not only one of the most important contemporary artists; he is also an untiring activist and critic of authoritarian systems. "In Search of Humanity" presents a comprehensive overview of all phases of the artist’s oeuvre and includes a number of hitherto unpublished works. The book design in the form of a block of marble makes this an unusual volume.
The catalogue examines in detail the aspect of humanity and artistic responsibility in the oeuvre of Ai Weiwei. It sheds light on concepts such as surveillance, censorship, human rights, freedom of expression, human displacement, radical responsibility, the power of beauty and the truth of poetry. Numerous quotations by the artist and a timeline which positions the individual works visually within the context of the historical events that prompted them, explore the works in a plausible manner.English - 336 Pages - 23 x 2.5 x 28 cm - 2.6 Kg
Buchet Chastel, 2022
Qui est vraiment Ai Weiwei ? Pour la première fois, l'artiste contemporain majeur, reconnu dans le monde entier, et dissident chinois engagé contre la répression se raconte dans ses mémoires. De sa jeunesse dans les camps de travail du goulag chinois avec son père, Ai Qing, grand poète rejeté par Mao, à son exil en Europe. Comment sa jeunesse et sa vie dans un régime totalitaire lui ont-elles fait prendre conscience de la puissance révolutionnaire de l'art ? Il revient sur les provocations qui lui vaudront d'être emprisonné et la permanence de son combat contre les autorités de son pays. 1000 ans de joies et de peines offre, à travers une plongée fascinante dans la Chine de Mao Zedong à aujourd'hui, le récit d'un destin hors norme, un regard sans concession pour comprendre les différentes forces qui ont façonné la Chine moderne et un vibrant plaidoyer en faveur de la liberté d'expression.
Français - 432 Pages - 15 x 23 cm - 0,7 Kg