From 27 to 29 September 2019, from 12 to 21, ICA MILANO presents BOOKS AND OTHERS, an exhibition and laboratory of ideas dedicated to the book of art and visual culture.
The project includes WORK – BOOK – WORK, a group exhibition curated by Gregorio Magnani with works by Céline Condorelli, Michael Dean, Karl Holmqvist, Sara MacKillop, Erik Steinbrecher open to the public from 27 September to 6 October 2019.
ICA Milano - Istituto Contemporaneo per le Arti continues the investigation on the different languages of contemporary arts and launches an annual appointment dedicated to the book of art and visual culture. The first edition of Books and Others is curated by a team composed of Chiara Costa, editor and historian of contemporary art, Dallas, graphic and creative design studio founded by Francesco Valtolina and Kevin Pedron, Giovanna Silva, photographer and founder of the publishing house Humboldt Books and Alberto Salvadori, director of the ICA Milan Foundation.
In addition, in the context of Books and Others, a jury of five experts will award a prize to the best book of art and visual culture published in Italy. The curators have invited about thirty Italian publishers active in the contemporary field to participate. During the event it will also be possible to purchase independent magazines and publishing projects proposed by Reading Room, a new space in Milan dedicated to independent publishing, and by Bruno, a publishing house and bookshop in Venice, special collaborators of the project.
The cultural program of Books and Others includes the September Book workshop, a workshop led by Lorenzo Rindori and Marco Tomassoli who intends to explore the medium of books as a support for artistic representation and production. For the occasion, 8 artists will work in close dialogue with the participants to create an editorial work related to the artist's work. The projects will be printed on Saturday 28 September and set up in an exhibition that can be visited on Sunday 29 September.
Work – Book – Work proposes an original vision of the artist's book, intended as an activator of the surrounding space. For each artist's books operate at the same time with and against the fetishism and commodification inherently implicit in the book-object or in the book-work of art and the equally inherent perception of the book as a secondary support material for the 'Opera. Each sees their publications as possible elements for other works that can incorporate them in various ways. Work – Book – Work explores the particular relationships that these artists trigger between their works and the desire that they remain tools for future work.
Works by Céline Condorelli, Michael Dean, Karl Holmqvist, Sara MacKillop, Erik Steinbrecher.