Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Manzanna, Ingrid Kita and Livia Vigano, Piqui publishing, Brasil, 2016

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A really delightful series of double-sided mini-accordions from Piqui publishing, which was created in 2011 by Livia Viganó and Taís Koshino who now have a catalogue of over 20 publications. I have reviewed another of Piqui's mini-books on this blog, Taís Koshino's, Umbeagle (2013) and these three new double-sided accordions, each featuring a different artist, contain the same light touch coupled with a whimsical and playful approach to the accordion format.

Manzanna, Doispasso (two step), 2016
8 pages double-sided, single 2"x2.5" and open 16"

Ingrid Kita, Tresteza (sadness), 2016
8 pages double-sided, single 2"x2.5" and open 16"

Livia Viganó, Quatrompete (Four Quarter), 2016
8 pages double-sided, single 2"x2.5" and open 16"

Sandra Haar, snapshots, Printer's Ink, Toronto, Canada, 1996, ed. 200


Finally, an erotic accordion! Coming enclosed in a light blue ribbon it sets the reader up to 'undress' the book before they can even look inside. Enclosed are 8 erotic line drawings depicting the artist in a variety of poses as she masturbates. On the border of 8 pages are two stories describing erotic encounters in which power is used as an aphrodisiac. These stories are accompanied by black & white photographs of the artist in a variety of poses as she plays with her genitals. 

Sandra Haar has made issues of sexuality and representation a continuing theme in her works and career, and this book is no exception. There's a strange intimacy in reading and witnessing someone make themselves so vulnerable and in speaking so openly about such deep desires. I think this is a brave accordion book.

16 pages, one-sided, each page 5"x7", and opened 6' 8".









1x8, #0, Italy, 2016, ed. 500


A smart accordion issue of this magazine that appears to have disappeared without a trace. Edited by Milo Montelli and Michele Tagliaferri and with texts by Leonardo Tagliaferri, this issue is taken up with showcasing the works of "...8 artists we love." A cool sequencing of 8 photographs and a text dedicated to life "...because in the end it is all that WE have left."

16 pages at 10.5x7.5", double-sided and when open 3' 3".