Philippe Pirotte

  • Georgia Sagri Georgia Sagri and I

    Georgia Sagri Georgia Sagri and I

    Georgia Sagri, Christina Lehnert, and Philippe Pirotte

    The catalogue GEORGIA SAGRI GEORGIA SAGRI and I is published on the occasion of the eponymous solo exhibitions “GEORGIA SAGRI GEORGIA SAGRI” at Kunstverein Braunschweig, December 2017–February 2018, and “GEORGIA SAGRI and I” at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, April–June 2018. As her first comprehensive publication, this catalogue surveys the multi-facetted oeuvre of the Greek artist Georgia Sagri. As the title of this book suggests, the staged objects Sagri produces are doubled modules, where each I or self can be “cross-eyed.” This effect, often produced theatrically, reorders the collective gaze to be subverted through a “catastrophe of emotions.” Across performance, video work, and sculpture, Sagri navigates the murky relationships between the artist's body and her body of work, subjectivity and persona, original and reproduction with equal parts humor and severity.

    Collected in this catalogue is both current documentation of Sagri's work and rich archival material since 1999; together they are juxtaposed against essays by Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh and Stephen Squibb, an interview conducted with Silvia Federici, and a conversation between the artist, Bettina Funcke, and John Kelsey.

    Copublished with Kunstverein Braunschweig and Portikus, Frankfurt am Main

    Contributors Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Silvia Federici, Bettina Funcke, Daniel Horn, Ruba Katrib, John Kelsey, Christina Lehnert, Diego Singh, Stephen Squibb

    • Hardcover $29.95
  • Otobong Nkanga

    Otobong Nkanga

    Luster and Lucre

    Clare Molloy, Philippe Pirotte, and Fabian Schöneich

    Otobong Nkanga's first monograph, Luster and Lucre, charts an intensely productive period from 2013 to 2016, which includes exhibitions at the 8th Berlin Biennale; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; KADIST, Paris; and M HKA, Antwerp. Its title encapsulates the complex concerns that underpin these shows: “luster,” the illustrious shining of materials; and “lucre,” profits and gains. With the mineral mica as her starting point, Nkanga's research took her to archives in Berlin, Strasbourg, and Windhoek, and led her along a colonial railroad in Namibia to the historic Tsumeb mine. This rich research became works that probe the ambivalence of that which shines: poems, intricate drawings, modular sculptures that form systems of display, and performances that are both gestural and dialogical.

    With a foreword by Städelschule director Philippe Pirotte, Luster and Lucre also contains the essays “The Refusal of Shine” by curator Natasha Ginwala and “Blacklight” by scholar Denise Ferreira da Silva, as well as “Intricate Connections,” an interview between Otobong Nkanga, Clare Molloy, and Fabian Schöneich. The volume also contains three exhibition-pamphlet inserts.

    Copublished with Portikus, in collaboration with KADIST and M HKA

    Contributors Denise Ferreira da Silva, Natasha Ginwala, Clare Molloy, Otobong Nkanga, Philippe Pirotte, Fabian Schöneich

    • Hardcover $45.00
  • Gabriel Lester

    Gabriel Lester

    Forced Perspectives

    Lee Ambrozy, Gabriel Lester, Philippe Pirotte, and Vivian Sky Rehberg

    In this book Gabriel Lester's prolific adventures and art practice are illustrated through an alphabetical assortment of his most prominent installations, interventions, sculptures, and films of the past fifteen years. Alongside comprehensive exhibition documentation, the actual construction and installation of the artworks is presented. Pairing result and production enables an exclusive insight into the teamwork and organization that allowed each work to be realized. This blend provides a glimpse behind the scenes and demonstrates the inherent performativity and narrative of all of Lester's artworks, affecting their creation, result, and the ultimate experience.

    Forced Perspectives is Lester's second monograph. It is designed by acclaimed graphic designer Irma Boom and contains essays by Philippe Pirotte, director of the Städelschule and Portikus in Frankfurt am Main; Lee Ambrozy, art historian and editor of artforum.com.cn; and Vivian Sky Rehberg, historian, art critic, and course director of the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

    • Paperback $52.00

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  • The long gaze, the short gaze

    The long gaze, the short gaze

    Knut Åsdam

    For several decades Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam has worked independently and uncompromisingly with his artistic projects, and he is today considered one of the central contemporary practitioners of film and video art. This book appears as a result of Åsdam's 2010 exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, and the production of his two new films Abyss and Tripoli (both 2010).

    Concepts like transformation and relocation constitute a thematic framework for most of Åsdam's works. In his films and photographs, for example, relocation is about the migration of people between land areas, or about physical movement and the bodily experience of architecture in urban surroundings. Transformation is a key word in terms of social, economic, linguistic, psychological, identity-related and architectural processes of change. Underlying this is an awareness that the meaning of architecture is changeable and that it is experienced and expressed differently by different social groupings. Perhaps even more than before, the places portrayed are themselves central to the new films Abyss and Tripoli, not only as generic urban surroundings, but also with their distinct histories, demographic conditions, and architecture.

    Åsdam has long worked with the exploration of all the components of the language of film, and consequently the filmic has also become a central theme in this book. Under the title The long gaze, the short gaze, this publication presents a collection of new commissioned texts that do not only deal with the new films, but also place them in a retrospective context with the whole of Åsdam's film production in the 2000s.

    Co-published with Bergen Kunsthall

    • Hardcover $39.95