Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Zuzana Pustaiová, One Day Every Day, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2022, ed. 300

This is a beautifully produced high gloss accordion that feels great in one's hands. However, it's not a straightforward accordion either, as it has a number of folded in fold outs that surprise the reader as you navigate the publication. Speaking about this new book Pustaiová said the larger themes were, "...about stereotypes and everyday life." Indeed, a majority of the photographs in the book depict daily activities and its objects, but usually with some kind of twist as well. But food, bodies and how we look and dress is the structure on which this accordion was constructed. It's a funny, amusing, and surreal sequencing of her cool photographs.

The book is accompanied with an essay by the photography curator, Branislav Stepanek, in which he expands upon the theme of book concluding, "The book could be an authentic testimony of a conformist rebel whose life taught them that any attempt to break the social rules conclusively means they will never fully fit in. It is about a path more difficult, the need to belong and, at the same time, not bending under the pressure of education, social bubbles, media, gender roles and even one's own social beliefs. Someone has truly taken this path. Only time will tell how viable it is."

62 double-sided pages, individually 9.5" x 6.5", 8' 6.5".

slipcover and the accordion

reverse side

back cover

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