A handful of dust : from the cosmic to the domestic /Publisher: [London] : [Paris] : Mack ; Le Bal, Copyright date: ©2015Edition: First edition published by MackDescription: 153, 71 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cmISBN:
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The second sequence of pages comprises a book within a book at the center of the volume.
Catalog of an exhibition held at Le Bal, Paris, October 16, 2015-January 17, 2016.
Includes bibliographical references.
This book is David Campany's speculative history of the last century, and a visual journey through some of its unlikeliest imagery. Let's suppose the modern era begins in October of 1922. A little French avant-garde journal publishes a photograph of a sheet of glass covered in dust. The photographer is Man Ray, the glass is by Marcel Duchamp. At first they called it a view from an aeroplane. Then they called it 'Dust Breeding'. It's abstract, it's realist. It's an artwork, it's a document. At the same time, a little English journal publishes T.S. Eliot's poem 'The Waste Land' - "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." Campany's connections range far and wide, from aerial reconnaissance and the American dustbowl to Mussolini's final car journey and the wars in Iraq. This book accompanied Campany's exhibition of the same name, curated for Le Bal, Paris with works by Man Ray, John Divola, Sophie Ristelhueber, Mona Kuhn, Gerhard Richter, Xavier Ribas, Nick Waplington, Jeff Wall and many others, alongside anonymous press photos, postcards, magazine spreads and movies.