Production view of the ad-hoc copystand setup using a lamp stand, bikini swimsuit top, masking tape, wooden spoon, elastic hairband, and a cheese grater.
Copystand Books (Kronika Edition)
Website compilation of hard-to-find books photographed page by page and uploaded as PDF files. Produced using an ad-hoc copystand setup in an apartment kitchen in Bytom, Poland, using a lamp stand, bikini swimsuit top, masking tape, wooden spoon, elastic hairband, and a cheese grater.
Produced at Kronika Center for Contemporary Art, Bytom, Poland, this selection of re-photographed books were chosen from the gallery bookstore, which was about to be closed. An engaging collection of hard-to-find books in both Polish and English and focused on Eastern European contemporary art, the titles include archives of vernacular Polish construction (bus stops and tractors), theoretical art exhibition catalogs, and more.
Many of the books cannot be found easily online, resulting in limited circulation. By rephotographing the works, it is akin to instigating an independent, small-scale archiving and distribution network, but infected with the artists' own hands and identifying the labor and tactility involved in every turn of each page.
Perhaps this activity also suggests an intimacy akin to reading over someone else's shoulder.
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