The jury selected from an interesting and diverse group of publisher’s submissions to award the inaugural FLAT prize. The submissions reflected the broad range of activities, subjects and formats represented by the exhibitors at this year’s FLAT fair. Their proposal includes the production of a retrospective travelogue of the group’s experience in traveling in the United States a few years ago in artists’ book form. The project will document encounters with artists, musicians and art workers that Hammann von Mier met and collaborated with during their journey. All elements of the proposed publication, “Form your Character!”, are to be designed, printed and constructed by the artists. One enduring and essential aspect of the culture of artists’ publishing is the way in which it allows young artists to create spaces to produce and collaborate on new work on their own terms. The space of a printed publication can be an experimental workshop and this year’s FLAT prize is awarded to Hamman Von Mier for this sense of experimentation and collaboration inherent in their proposal.
featuring unpublished images by Giordano Bonora and essays by Paul B. Preciado, Wendy Vogel, Paolo Barbaro, Salvatore Vitale, Alvin Li, Helena Velena
We agreed that an important project for contemporary art publishing is to investigate lost or little-known historical works, creating new contexts for older bodies of work. Mousse Publishing project “Gay – The Encounter, Fragments of Life, Moments of Common Life” is very much in this genre, proposing to publish for the first time an archive of photographs of Giordano Bonora from the 1980s. Portraiture of the transgender community in Bologna in the 1980s with critical texts by scholars and queer theorists are as timely as ever.
The project will be presented for the first time on the occasion of the 2019 edition of FLAT (November 1-3).
photo: Giordano Bonora, Momenti di vita comune, 1980
“The scope of my work is the kind of book that is composed by an artist, who can manipulate the object— the book—and turn it into an artwork”
The CRT Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the first edition of FLAT, has established the Giorgio Maffei Fund dedicated to the great bibliophile and collector of rare 20th century art books. Every year the Fund is going to enrich – through various acquisitions – the collection of the GAM Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Turin.
Within the first edition of FLAT, the CRT Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art acquired 26 artist’s books. The acquisitions include works by established artists like Giovanni Anselmo, Jon Grigorescu, Jannis Kounellis, Sol Lewitt, Luigi Ontani, Dieter Roth and works by younger ones like Stefano Arienti, Liam Gillick, Maria Morganti.