Artists Books/Cataloguesaccompanying the exhibition
Format: 220×290 mm
Details: Softcover, 160 pages, almost 600 photographs
Concept: Martine Syms
Distribution: Revolver Publishing
Released in conjunction with her exhibition of the same title at the Secession, BOON extends artist Martine Syms’ engagement with visual culture and the life of the image. Referencing the walls at Simpson’s Record Shop in Detroit (the subject of her exhibition at the Secession), which the owner Dorothy Simpson covered in photographs brought in by neighbours and community members, the book is composed of found photographs, many of them taken by the author’s father. The book considers the two lives of the photographs: first with the original photographer, and then with the artist, and how they form not a collection of sediments for the archive, but active, rendered thought.