© Wang Qingsong, The History of Monuments, 125x4200cm, c-print, 2010

read also : In the studio of Wang Qingsong, by Christopher Phillips, in Modern Painters, sept. 2010

History Of Monuments:

« Since August 2009, I started to work with two hundred models over fifteen    days, shooting the 42-metre-long History of Monuments. This work is my reflection on what is told about civilisations, beauties, virtues, standards and norms The models are smeared with mud and placed into the carved out contours of the photo backdrop. Chinese traditions are handed down from generation to generation with many documents on the historical figures, poetries, literature, dramas, etc. Often the powerful people like to summarize their achievements during their reign times. So each dynasty has its interpretations of its dynasty and the former dynasties. It is undeniable that many such versions are misguided. » Wang Qingsong

History of Monuments, new book by Editions Bessard

It has been a very challenging project to make the 130 foot long photo into a book. The artist himself was involved in each and every step, from start to the ‘ok to print’..

The result a handmade book opening to a 27,56 feet long accordion page. One can discover the timeline of famous monuments by totally unfolding the story, or flipping pages almost like in a normal book. The back pages present the artist’s blueprint as he was preparing the sculptural parade in his Caoching studio.

We have made two collections to cast this incredible work:

–   the Classic collection: is a book coming into a very elegant purple box. It’s hand bound in two covers and presented in a handmade slipcase box. It’s printed in an edition of 450 copies numbered from 001 to 450. Public price 85 euros.

–   Bronze collection: For the Collector Bronze Serie, Martin Salazar, was invited to realize a bronze cover. He is a Peruvian sculptor known for his work on Chinese figurine. This book is a crossroad where two artists coming from a totally different world are joining into their own celebration of foreign cultures. This precious collection is limited to 50 ex, presented in a handmade “Bordeaux” box, numbered and signed by Wang Qingsong. Public price 3 000 euros.

Copies can be ordered via  contact@editionsbessard.com

Éditions Bessard, 12 rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris, France




Francis Alÿs, REEL-UNREEL

Kabul, Afghanistan 2011

In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi

20:00 min.

Francis Alÿs

A new book by Xavier Ribas with Bside Books
Book release in June 2012

84 pages
Page size_ 24 x 30 cm. / 9,5 x 11,7 in.
33 tritone B/W + 3 CMYK photographs
Paper_ Gardapat 13 Kiara 115 g
Hardbound_ cloth
Limited edition of 687 copies signed and numbered
ISBN_ 978-84-615-7229-8
With the support of the University of Brighton

On the 24th of February 2004, heavy machinery entered an empty industrial plot in Barcelona occupied by some sixty Gypsy families. Over a few days two diggers drilled and lifted up the concrete floor of the site, intimidating the Gypsies and finally pushing them out. They left behind a contorted surface, like a horizontal wall, to protect the site and keep it empty. This method of dissuasion demonstrates the economic value of violence and destruction in order to control space. The broken ground, the fissures and fragments of concrete slabs standing up like remnants of ancient Mayan stelae give testimony, still today, of this displacement.



La Montagne était à l’origine un projet commandé par la ville de Clermont-Ferrand. Il devient aujourd’hui le nouveau livre de Christophe Bourguedieu.

La Montagne

photographie Christophe Bourguedieu, texte de Michel Poivert

format 28×23 cm, 64 pages, 26 reproductions quadrichromie

Editions Loco, juin 2012


L’articulation des photographies, par « phrases » rythmées, dévoile progressivement une autre lecture du récit : dès l’ouverture, la rue qui mène à l’usine Michelin et à ses cheminées fumant sous un ciel orangé apparaît comme le théâtre d’une tragédie provinciale, les colonnes ainsi figurées annonçant le bois enchanté dans lequel veille un chien blanc. Des passions étouffées s’agitent. Un homme tire au pistolet, une jeune femme détourne la tête, des rugbymen épuisés s’effondrent sur le terrain comme des chevaliers vaincus. La Montagne nous montre comment l’univers de Christophe Bourguedieu s’adapte pour décrire nos contemporains, le mélange des temps, la présence des « gens », et s’engage sans hésiter dans un prosaïsme réenchanté.


« Aux États-Unis (Éden), en Finlande (Tavastia) ou bien encore en Australie (Les Passagers), Christophe Bourguedieu travaille depuis longtemps à saisir par les corps, les regards, les chemins et les architectures, le sentiment d’un monde contemporain occidental. Ce que l’artiste perçoit est le réservoir des humains. Des lieux où une communauté maintient dans un transparent secret l’héritage démocratique. Pour une fois en France, il nous livre avec La Montagne une ballade – genre réservé à la musique, mais dont je vois ici un équivalent –, une ballade photographique donc, pour se plonger dans l’espace de la collectivité. » (Extrait du texte de Michel Poivert)


Signature le mercredi 20 juin 2012, librairie photographique le 29

Une exposition des œuvres de Christophe Bourguedieu se tiendra du 15 juin au 19 septembre 2012 au Centre photographique de Clermont-Ferrand.

New book by Nina Poppe

88 pages, hardcover, first edition 800
Published by Kehrer Heidelberg Berlin 2011

Photographer Nina Poppe (Germany, 1979) has spent a significant and intensive amount of time together with the Ama. These legendary fisherwomen of the Japanese island of Ise-Shima dive for Abalone, using no equipment, in water that is up to 30 metres deep. Abalone is a type of sea snail that is considered a delicacy and that commands high prices. The diving is dangerous and tiring, yet the divers often continue to practise their trade into old age.

Within this centuries-old tradition a big shift is occurring; more and more young women choose life in the cities instead of diving. The abalone are becoming scarcer too, due to the water temperature rising as a result of climate change.  In contrast to earlier photo reportages about the Ama that concentrated on the diving itself, Poppe’s work emphasises the community of the Ama, which is principally run by women.

Nina Poppe photographed the life of the Ama both in the water and on the island. Her images reveal the social context in which these women live. At times, the images seem slightly alien: the women, clad in black wetsuits, large gloves and a white scarf wrapped around their heads, sometimes seem to have stepped out of another world. Poppe’s photographs are characterized by a clear composition and a soft colour palette in which the blue of the sea and the sky is a recurring theme. Besides the photos by Poppe, the exhibition will also include films that contributed to the myths surrounding the Ama – many thought that the women, who in earlier times dove without masks and wearing just loincloths, were searching for pearls.

Nina Poppe was born in 1979 in Münster, Germany. She earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Utrecht School of the Arts (2003) and a degree in film and photography at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (2011). She participated in a number of exhibitions in museums including the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich (2007), the Goethe Instituut, Rotterdam (2008) and Kunstverein Leverkusen, Leverkusen (2012). Poppe has produced two films; Sunrise Dacapo (2008) and Stichtdag (2009). In 2010, Kehrer Verlag published her book Ama

source : foam

Ama by Nina Poppe can be seen from 11 may to 27 june 2012 at Foam. Open daily 10 am – 6 pm, Thurs/Fri 10 am – 9 pm.


Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
phone: + 31 (0)20 5516500



A Collective Bookmaking Experience
3 May 2012 in Berlin

1/2 proposes an experience of book making. The idea is to make a collective publication in real time with only the help of a copy machine. The action is open to the public and starts with a call for entries where everybody can send via post a photograph they want to share. The aim is to generate an original publication with copies of copies of copied images, the copies becoming an original artwork.

Duplicata is kindly supported by Modulor Stiftung, Papyrus Com., Nina Reisinger and Tecco.

More infos on www.undemi.fr




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