Run by Giovanna Silva, Humboldt is an Italian publishing house based in Milan. Humboldt draws inspiration from scientific explorations of the 18th and 19th centuries with the aim of examining travel narrative today. Humboldt collects multidisciplinary experiences, combines knowledge and practices for recounting travels and countries with a watchful and unconventional eye. Humboldt investigates the intersection of journey with geography, literature and art. The publishing house has three editorial lines: Travel Books, Artists' Books, Atlas. A series of special projects and an online section complete the catalogue.
Three multidisciplinary essays—from cultural
anthropology to photography
analysis—based on visual archives documenting the visit of writer, painter
and politician Carlo Levi to an Albanian community in Southern Italy (second
volume in the series “Archivi della Basilicata”).
English edition (texts in Inuktitut and other languages)
Box set comprising five books, a vinyl and a supplementary dust jacket,
each highlighting different practices and transformative developments
occurring in the realm of writing and speaking today as triggered by
Full transcript of Mekas's Lithuania and the Collapse
of the USSR: a five-hour-long film made up of footage from US television newscasts covering the independence of Lithuania and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The first in a series of publications dedicated to the exploration of the
archives of the Italian region of Basilicata from an
artistic perspective. This volume focuses on areas affected by the
reclamation of the water system.
This publication features a selection of photographs by Lisetta Carmi,
documenting the social transformations of Genoa during the 1960s. Carmi
witnessed the economic boom of the city, but also its everyday life,
including her famous photo series of transvestites which
caused a scandal at the time.
Both a journal and a photographic report, this publication documents Luca Vitone's travel from Italy to India, in the footsteps of
the first Roma migrations between the eighth and fourteenth centuries.
In 2006, film director Amos Gitai invited Gabriele Basilico to undertake a journey retracing the locations of the shooting of Gitai's film Free Zone, on the demilitarized zone between Israel and Jordan. This publication follows this unique photographic project.
This publication presents a comic strip made by a 20-year old Nathalie Du Pasquier in remembrance of a six months journey in Gabon. Inspired by a clipping from a Gabonese daily, the cartoon tells the colorful story of a clumsy Don Giovanni. This edition features an introductory text by the artist, the translated strip, and a facsimile of the comic book in original French version.
This publication presents a project by Linda Fregni Nagler about the photographic “School of Yokohama”, which emerged during the Meiji era in Japan. Over the past ten years, the artist has collected hand-colored photographs of this period representing Mount Fuji. She re-photographed them, printed them and colored them by hand, according to colorization method of that time.
An interdisciplinary analysis of the city of Palermo commissioned by Manifesta 12 and undertaken by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The research explores the architecture, archaeology and anthropology of the city, its historical archives and personal stories.
A compilation of Lina Bo Bardi's tenure as director of Habitat, a publication self-dubbed “the magazine of the arts in Brazil”. Between 1950 and 1954, Habitat documented Bo Bardi's early thoughts on Brazilian culture, as well as reflecting her very personal take on modernism. Edited and designed by Julia, with contributions by Tamar Guimarães, Claudia Leisinger, Tony de Marco, Lara Viana and Tuca Vieira.