Frida Kahlo - From her sketchbook, 1936
Alberto Giacometti - The Chariot, 1950
1962-1963Franz Erhard Walther: Werkmonographie, Herausgegeben von Götz Adriani, DuMont Kunst/Praxis, Cologne, 1972
Birth in Reverse | St. Vincent
Jenny Holzer, from Lustmord, 1993-1994
In her series ‘Lustmord’ — meaning rape murder in German — Holzer created a number of works addressing war crimes in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, in particular the violent physical abuse, rape and murder of women that occurred. In this series Holzer displays photographs of text on human skin, some of which includes women’s blood mixed with ink. (via)
Melissa Catanese - Dive Dark Dream Slow (2012)
"Photographer and bookseller Melissa Catanese has been editing the vast photography collection of Peter J. Cohen, a celebrated trove of more than 20,000 vernacular and found anonymous photographs from the early to mid-twentieth century.
Gathered from flea markets, dealers and Ebay, these prints have been acquired, exhibited and included in a range of major museum publications. In organizing the archive into a series of thematic catalogues, she has pursued an alternate reading of the collection, drifting away from simple typology into something more personal, intuitive and openly poetic.
Dive Dark Dream Slow is rooted in the mystery and delight of the found image and the snapshot aesthetic, but pushes beyond the nostalgic surface of these pictures and reimagines them as luminous transmissions of anxious sensuality.
Like an album of pop songs about a girl (or a civilization) hovering on the verge of transformation, the book cycles through overlapping themes and counter-themes—moon and ocean; violence and tenderness; innocence and experience; masks and nakedness—that sparkle with deep psychic longing and apocalyptic comedy.”
Francis Alÿs — When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002
Starting from the idea of providing an “epic response, at once futile and heroic, absurd and urgent” to the bad Peruvian economic situation, Francis Alÿs asked 500 volunteers to dig and move the sand of an almost 200 meters wide dune in Ventanilla, an area near Lima, where nearly seventy thousand people are living in huts. The purpose of the action is to move the dune by approximately ten centimetres from its original position, forming a long line at its foot and using only shovels.
As Alÿs often puts it, his intention was to create a “social allegory”. The coral act of these people is a metaphor for the potentialities of a participative action taking on even mythical and religious features in its confronting the monumentality of nature, altered by human intervention. The greatness and the spectacularity of the project testifies how people when united can achieve things that would be unthinkable and impossible for the single individual, letting the power of collectivity emerge. (via)