2017, Quinlan Editions, Italy
Artist book printed in 200 numbered copies, 10 of which numbered from I to X contain an original artwork signed by the artist
The book consists of twenty portraits of objects used by the artist LIUBA in her performances. The photographs show us these objects in their concreteness, through their formal and chromatic details. Looking at them, their ordinary use and function shift in the background, revealing the memories of the performances that they evoke and contain.
They are curious, sometimes unusual objects that are linked to each other in an apparently arbitrary manner, displayed in a succession that tickles the curiosity of the reader until the last pages of the book, where their placement within the individual performances of LIUBA is revealed.
An introduction by LIUBA and a critical text by the curator Luca Panaro – both in Italian and in English – are part of the book.
“When I took the pictures of the objects, I wanted to highlight their shape, photographing them as if they were sculptures. They are imperfect objects but charged with history and lived experience, revealing that they have been used in performance artworks. (…)
The objects shown do not offer a complete overview of my performances, and they have a random order, having been selected on the basis of pleasure and delight.” LIUBA
“The twenty things LIUBA photographed are to be seen as an opportunity to draw again the attention of the public on a series of performances put in over the years. The artist’s research is thus crystallized in the most diverse forms, with the purpose of liberating once again the expressive values at the basis of the creative gesture. The outfits and accessories used by the performer, even when taken out of their context, keep expressing their original association with the performance and are in fact a presence in absence, a trigger of past artistic experience.” Luca Panaro
“By choosing to show mainly the ‘objects’ used in her performances, LIUBA’s book is not a ‘book’, but yet another performance in yet another medium. Why must a book be ‘only’ a book? Isn’t it also a performance? Even the photographs of objects are able to draw someone, anyone, in through a detail, through something very familiar, often utilitarian, like a shoe or a handbag, a pair of sunglasses or an exploded cardboard box, and make the viewer perform them imaginatively. ” Mark Bartlett
The photographs included in the book are part of a series of photographs edited in 3 copies in different sizes, available upon request.
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© Liuba 2015. All rights reserved
Dedicated to Rossana and Gianni, with gratitude and love