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Humboldt Books
Artist's Travels
 
The Artist's Travels series brings together the contributions of contemporary artists who, each in their own way, create or are the protagonists of books, drawing collections or catalogues, recounting their own personal research, rediscoveries and obsessions. Every book introduces us to a particular world, and gives us the experience of a journey—be it real or imaginary—and its consequences unfolding through artistic elaboration. On an ever more globalised planet, travel means leaving a mark, an underlining, on the maps of our era.
 
 Invernomuto - Black Med
2022
English edition
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The long term project of the Italian artistic duo around the trajectories of sound through the Mediterranean sea.
Michael Höpfner - From Here to Tibet - A conversation between two walking artists. March 2019 – July 2020
2022
English edition
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Fulton and Höpfner's long-term correspondence on art, landscape, and the aesthetic and political dimensions of walking.
Tiane Doan na Champassak - Indo-Chine
2022
bilingual edition (English / French)
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The photographic works of the artist Tiane Doan na Champassak's grandmother, Alsatian married to a Vietnamese in Baden Baden in 1913.
Jacopo Valentini - Concerning Dante - Autonomous Cell
2022
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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A Dantean geography.
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli - A Season in Slemani
2021
English edition
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A series of artistic residencies in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Gabriele Basilico - Non recensiti
2021
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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Gabriele Basilico's previoulsy unpublished photographs in the strip-tease theaters and nightclubs of Milan in the 1970s reveal a new dimension of his oeuvre.
Giorgio Andreotta Calò - Gloria
2021
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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The text and photo diary of a forty-day journey on foot from Venice to L'Aquila, following the subterranean fracture where the European and African tectonic plates meet, in search of the symbolic dimension and the real effects of seismic waves.
Carlos Casas - Cemetery - Journeys to the Elephant Graveyard and Beyond
2021
English edition
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Cemetery. Journeys to the Elephant Graveyard and Beyond compiles a selection of the visual and research materials accumulated during the development of the film and project Cemetery (2009–2019).
Nanna Debois Buhl - Cloud Behavior
2020
English edition
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A study of clouds through photographs, drawings, essays, and interviews.
Nathalie du Pasquier - Campo di Marte
2020
English edition
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Artist's book.
Michele Lombardelli - California
2020
English edition
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A collection of photographs and drawings retracing the founding Californian experience of the artist.
Daniela Comani - Planet Earth - 21st Century
2020
trilingual edition (English / German / Italian)
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A collection of 360 postcards of cities from all around the world, made with screenshots from 3D software Apple Maps and Google Earth.
Jonas Mekas - Transcript 04 44\' 14\
2020
bilingual edition (English / Lithuanian)
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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.
Fog Friend Font - Ways of Doing Multilingual Sense (box set)
2020
English edition (texts in Inuktitut and other languages)
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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 digital communication.
Antonio Rovaldi - The Sound of the Woodpecker Bill - New York City
2019
English edition
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This publication documents a visual research on the perimeters of all five boroughs of New York, featuring a photographic portfolio, a set of maps and a series of texts.
Luca Vitone - Romanistan
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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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.
Lele Saveri - Hong Kong Barricades
2019
English edition
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Images of the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong by Italian photographer Lele Saveri.
Antonio Grulli - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem Diary
2019
English edition
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A travel diary / a screenplay.
Nathalie du Pasquier - Gabon 1977 - Un Don Juan chez les gendarmes
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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(last copies available!)
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.
Linda Fregni Nagler - Yama no Shashin
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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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.
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli - Towards the Altar of a God Unknown - Liberian Notes
2018
English edition
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Federico Lodoli and Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli went twice in Liberia to carry out a study on the war. This publication gathers their travel memoirs, interviews with Liberian warlords and a photographic reportage.
Paolo Gioli - Etruschi Polaroid 1984
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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This publication features an unpublished series of artworks by artist Paolo Gioli based on polaroid images of etruscan funerary sculptures set in the Italian city of Volterra. The volume is supplemented by a text on Volterra by novelist D. H. Lawrence, and an essay by historian of photography Roberta Valtorta.
Hilario Isola - Oh… My God! - Bamboo Scaffolding on Myanmar Pagoda
2017
English edition
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This artist's book collects a photo series taken in spring 2017 in Myanmar, one of the Buddhism's sacred places, where one hundred or so temples have been destroyed by a recent earthquake. Now the pagodas affected by the earthquake, covered by thin bamboo structures, have taken original and unexpected forms, hanging between architecture and art, life and destruction. This temporary condition allowed Isola to catalogue, study and also to develop a sort of appropriation.
 Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro - San Marino - 30th September 1950
2017
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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This publication documents a previously unreleased video project by Canarezza & Coro inspired by poet Eugenio Montale's unusual walk across the Italy-San Marino border to receive a Literature Prize in a context of tensions between the two States. The volume also includes fragments of forty-seven poems by Eugenio Montale, modified by the two artists.
Nanna Debois Buhl - Intervals and forms of stones of stars
2017
English edition
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A biological investigation of a Nordic man-made beach landscape through a series of cameraless photographic registrations of the site's flora, fauna, and particles.
Michele Lombardelli - Los Angeles 1989 Tokyo 1991
2017
English edition
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Los Angeles 1989 Tokyo 1991 brings together a collection of images from two of the most complex and undefinable metropolises on the face of the Earth, the social and urban form of which is ceaselessly reshaped by the minimal existence of millions of people in movement. Lombardelli's photographs are also cinematographic homages to the works of Wim Wenders and Yasujirō Ozu.
Gianni Pettena - The Curious Mr. Pettena - Rambling around USA – 1971-73
2017
English edition
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The Curious Mr. Pettena recounts various steps along a journey, through cities and wide open natural spaces, undertaken by the anarchitect Gianni Pettena at the start of the 1970s across the United States.
Diego Perrone - War Games
2017
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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Stemming from a project dedicated to the city of Genoa and in particular to its relationship with the sea, this photographic artist's book extends the site-specific glass sculpture designed by Perrone inside Villa del Principe's Hall of the Shipwreck.
 Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi - The Arrow of Time - Notes from a Russian Journey – 1989-1990
2017
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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This publication reproduces the experimental filmmakers' notebooks from their journey in the Soviet Union at the end of the 1980s. Gianikian & Ricci Lucchi undertook this travel to gather the memories of the cinematographic literary and artistic Russian avant-garde of the '20s and '30s, seeking out survivors and listening to their life stories.
Michele Mari - Dreams
2017
English edition
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In this publication, artist Gianfranco Baruchello and writer Michele Mari join forces to provide descriptions of their own dreams. Baruchello's illustrations and Mari's written notes unveil oneiric worlds made of symbols, recurring images, and obsessions, and address the question: just what are dreams made of?
Riccardo Giacconi - The Variational Status
2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
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Artist and researcher Riccardo Giacconi investigates the relationship between a range of narrative forms (puppetry, street storytellers, flyers and pamphlets) and a series of pre-political acts of revolt staged between Italy and South America. This publication documents his research project and features a series of texts, notes, archives, illustrations, and interviews.
 Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff - Berlin, Zürich, Zürich, Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, London
2016
English edition
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This publication collects black and white photographs taken at apartment viewings in Berlin, London and Zürich in 2015. The images render a landscape of apartments, mostly empty, punctuated by potential buyers or renters projecting their own possible futures onto the spaces.
Rä di Martino - The Day He Swims Thru Marrakech
2016
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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Photographic companion book to the film La controfigura (“The stand-in”) by Rä di Martino: the tale of a cinema troupe in Marrakech trying to shoot the remake of The Swimmer, the 1968 film with Burt Lancaster, based on a short story of the same name by John Cheever.
Emanuele Trevi - Ontani in Bali
2016
English edition
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Writer Emanuele Trevi and photographer Giovanna Silva recount, each in their own manner, their journey with artist Luigi Ontani in Bali at the time of the preparation of the Ogoh Ogoh carnival procession. With original illustrations by Ontani.
Ettore Favini - Arrivederci
2016
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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Arrivederci recalls the artist's personal journey in Sardinia to explore textile craftsmanship. Favini narrates the stories of each piece of fabric he gathered and used for his new body of work—from its origin to the exhibition display. The publication is enriched with photographic documentation and texts by curators and stylist Antonio Marras.
Roman Signer - A Step Towards the Sea (+ DVD)
2016
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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(last copies available!)
A Step Towards the Sea tells the relationship between the artist and Italy through a selection of installation views and video works. The accompanying DVD includes an unreleased film and a documentation on every actions carried out in Italy by Signer since the 1990s.
Donatella Bernardi - Into Your Solar Plexus
2016
English edition
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This artist's book presents the sum of a multitude of journeys, people and stories collected and edited by Donatella Bernardi and stemming from her own family archives. The artist connects this whole documentation with works by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair and her daughter Hala Schoukair, as well as with the Swiss Confederation Fine Art Collection.
Nanna Debois Buhl - Palm Tree Studies in South Tyrol and Beyond
2016
English edition
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Botanical trajectories and symbolic dimensions of Merano's palm trees (artist's book).
Claudia Losi - How do I imagine being there?
2016
English edition
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What language should be used to describe a place? This question is the starting point and the core question of Claudia Losi's project and namesake book, a collection of transversal contributions, from art to geography, from semiotics to psychology, which interrogates the way we perceive places and the role of our imagination in such a process.
Susan Philipsz - Follow Me
2015
English edition
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Designed on the basis of a contemporary Baedeker, this book offers an original itinerary in the historic center of the city of Genoa. It is a city-guide that links different places and times, and that also moves from the habit of moving, investigated as a typical phenomenon of the Grand Tour—and that is the origin of the term “tourism”.
Carsten Höller - “Fara Fara” - A Film Not Made
2015
bilingual edition (English / French)
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A photographic account of Carsten Höller's journeys to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the purpose of a film about Fara Fara music.
Antonio Rovaldi - Orizzonte in Italia
2015
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
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Artist's book.
Alessandra Spranzi - Nello stesso momento / At the same time
2015
trilingual edition (English / French / Italian)
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Artist's book dedicated to Alessandra Spranzi's beautiful eponymous series of photographic collages.
 Invernomuto - Negus
2014
trilingual edition (English / German / Italian)
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(last copies available!)
Artist's book based on a complex project linking Vernasca, Ethiopia and Jamaica according to two points of view, placing certain critical moments in Italy's colonial history in relation to the symbolism of Rastafarian tradition.
Haris Epaminonda - Chapters I-XXX
2014
English edition
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(last copies available!)
Artist's book: a deconstruction of a 16 mm film shot by Haris Epaminonda in Cyprus, embarking on a new set of associations between image and subject, source and information, meaning and abstraction.
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