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Venus, 2010

In 1977, Sanja Iveković made a book the Tragedy of a Venus, juxtaposing in it photographs of Marilyn Monroe with her own photos. I have photographed her book, printed it out, and stamped each page with the word whore. I put a photo of myself, also stamped with whore, on the cover. Sanja’s work was about the relationship between fame and everyday life. Today, with reality shows, anyone can have their fiveminutes of fame. Everyday life and fame are intertwined, with money in between.

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9 + 9
Artists’ Books and Artists

International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana
23 November 2010 – 8 February 2011

Nine Slovene artists – Andrejka Čufer, Tanja Lažetić, Marko A. Kovačič, Eva Petrič, Petra Petančič, Alenka Pirman, Tadej Pogačar, Sašo Sedlaček, and Mladen Stropnik – have created nine new projects, installations, and gallery environments in nine exhibition rooms at the International Centre of Graphic Arts. They took as their starting point works chosen from the Centre’s collection of original publications and artists’ books.

Exhibition curators: Božidar Zrinski, Breda Škrjanec
Accompanying the exhibition is a 70-page illustrated catalogue in Slovene, with texts by Božidar Zrinski (“With Artists on the Collection”) and Breda Škrjanec (“Is This a Book? A Brief Stroll through the History of the Artist’s Book”), a list of works from the collection, and statements by the participating artists.
The exhibition is part of the programme Ljubljana, The World Book Capital City 2010.
Exhibition sponsor: Lek, d.d.

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A books presentation at C/O Berlin Book Days at the table of ABC
25 May - 27 May 2012

Presentation of the book Whore at C/O Berlin Book days.
Stamping each page with the word WHORE.


photo: Wil van Iersel

video documentation by Andreas Schmidt

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HELP/LESS
14 July - 29 September 2012
Printed Matter, New York

The book Whore will be included in HELP/LESS, an exhibition hosted by Printed Matter, organized by artist Chris Habib. The store-wide show includes over 180 books that explore the fluidity of authorship in artists’ books and multiples.

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Offprint Paris 2012

Beaux Arts de Paris, 14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
November 15–18, 2012


Stamping the book Whore on the floor at Offprint Paris.


foto: Paul Soulellis

video documentation by Bojan Radović
video documentation by Andreas Schmidt

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Serious Double Acts
An ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative residency at Marcus Campbell Art Books, London
Curators: Lewis & Schmidt
6 - 26 May 2013

 

ABC Members Andreas Schmidt and Jonathan Lewis have been curating a show at Marcus Campbell Books
in London entitled Serious Double Acts.
The book Whore
 is paired with Tracey Emin's My life in a column.

More about the exhibition in the book Serious Double Acts.

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The Photobook: A History, Volume III

I’m honored to have Whore featured in The Photobook: A History, Volume III, the final volume of Gerry Badger and Martin Parr’s curated selection of more than 200 photography books dating from World War II to the present day. 

”Sanja Iveković's book began when she saw a photograph of Marlyn Monroe curled up on a sofa, gazing up at the camera, in the November 1975 edition of the Yugoslavian magazine Duga. Borrowving the title of this special issue, Tragedy of Venus, Iveković took reproductions of Monroe from the magazine and yuxtaposed them with personal snapshots of herself.
So Tragedy of Venus would seem to be about duality, in a number of ways. Firstly, there is the notion of the goddess and the mere mortal, Marlyin Monroe was a woman, not a Venus or a sex symbol. She was only that in the eyes of the others. Secondly, there is the dichotomy between celebrity (Monroe) and non-celebrity (Iveković) and betweenprivate lives and public lives, as defined by the kind of photographs taken of the two women. At times in the book, the dichotomy seems almost non-existent, as when the pose of the figures is strikingly similar, but mostly it is about the vast difference between the two, separated by the enourmous gulf of celebrity where the media deifies the anointed. In Monroe's case the goddess destroyed the woman within. In 2010, Tanja Lažetić, 'intervened' to make a new version of Tragedy of Venus. She scanned the original and had it reprinted with a new cover featuring herself. Over the cover picture, and on all the other photographs, she has stamped the word 'whore' - in red, naturally. This loaded word adds a new layer of meaning to the original Tragedy. Lažetić is proposing a further feminist reading on several levels – from the perception that a figure like Marilyn was a 'whore' to the proposition that today we are all willing to prostitute ourselves for celebrity. It also represents, she says, a reclaiming of the word 'whore' for feminism, in much the same way that 'slut' has been reappropriated by some feminists. This might seem a relatively simple reworking of a Tragedy of Venus, but in effect is deeply subversive, disturbing and thought-provoking, as a good artist's book should be.”
Gerry Badger (The Photobooks: A History, Volume III)

 



WHORE

Publisher: International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, 2010
Softcover; signed, edition of 100; 18,4 x 24 cm, 36 p.
price on request

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