The inaugural Paper Journal Annual 2019 collects together the work of three stand-out artists: Eleonora Agostini, Kovi Konowiecki, and Rodrigo Sombra. This special edition box set includes all three photobooks presented in a slipcase, as well as the choice of one of three prints generously donated by each artist. This edition is limited to 50 copies only, pre-order yours now.
Eleonora Agostini, A Blurry Aftertaste
A Blurry Aftertaste exists at the intersection between photography, performance and sculpture and focuses on the objects, activities and surfaces that belong to the domestic space, portrayed as an absurd and uncanny theatre defined by the creation of structures and the repetition of labour. The house becomes a place where memories can be reconstructed, where intimacy and claustrophobia exist simultaneously, a space to investigate how our familiar domestic existence can be reconsidered and redefined, and a platform where she can translate the gestures of everyday memories into new scenarios performed for the camera.
Kovi Konowiecki, Cherry Ave
Cherry Ave combines portraits and still lifes in a lyrical documentation of home. The photographs portray the particular area of Long Beach, California and the surrounding neighbourhood where Kovi grew up.
Rodrigo Sombra, Insular Night: Invisible Gardens
Insular Night: Invisible Gardens focuses on the urban life of contemporary Cuba and is the result of multiple journeys to the island from 2014 to 2018. The conceptual thread that binds the work together is the notion of “insularity,” which is a decisive feature of Cuban culture. This geographical concept, highlighting the condition of living surrounded by water, allowed me to approach the way Cubans gaze at what lies beyond their margins and to explore the contradictory effects of the foreign presence in the island – a crucial question in Cuba particularly since the early 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed, and the country gradually opened itself to tourism and capitalism.