Writings and Interviews
264 pp., 6 x 8 in, 1 color illus., 3 b&w illus.
- Published: April 4, 2023
The collected writings by artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz, along with the stories behind them told by Alexis Vaillant.
In parallel with an astonishing interdisciplinary art practice, London-based artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz has written texts that intersect and transcend the genres of artistic literature, criticism, and cultural anthropology. Written between 1971 and 2022, the sixty-eight texts reproduced in Writings and Interviews include early surviving leaflets and typewriter handouts, performance reports, literary reflections, flashes of illumination, and letters as essays. Divided in three sections—"Transcripts of interview," "Criticism," and "Texts"—they are chronologically organized within the sections, and Alexis Vaillant, the editor of the publication, tells the stories behind them.
Embarked on a pursuit of pleasure, Marc Camille Chaimowicz addresses a multiplicity of topics that range from the agility of a jumping dog and the evocation of the color orange as torture, to the idea of feminized architecture and the description of Vienna as a rare city in which we can both work and dream. This source book provides a unique insight into the artist's pioneering aesthetics of camp. Randomly witty and humorous, and overtly charged and frivolous, the non-conclusive, compelling "writings" of Marc Camille Chaimowicz set a new template for the expression of queerness through writing. They are not only remarkable for the singularity of their wording and their acumen to inclusivity, but for the skillful way in which they illuminate the range of thinking of their author. First, in close dialogue with his work and the self-contained interiority that is in it; then, in connection with the fragmented cultural context the artist has taken part in from 1971 onwards; but ultimately, as points of contact with the socio-political dimension of the present.