Daiga Grantina

Atem, Lehm

€ 48.00

Date of publication April 2023

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Daiga Grantina
Atem, Lehm

Text(s) by Andrew Berardini, Helga Christoffersen, Sara Fumagalli, Valentina Gervasoni, Zane Onckule, graphic design by baldinger.vu-huu

English, Italian

2023. 224 pp., 120 ills.


20.00 x 26.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5420-0

Sculptures of an Organic Artificiality

Atem, Lehm—the German words for “breath” and “clay”, a title inspired by a poem by Paul Celan—is the first monograph dedicated to Latvian artist Daiga Grantina. Grantina’s solo show at GAMeC in Bergamo represented a major evolution in her poetics, a decisive and coherent change of palette and pace compared to her amorphous in-situ installations that have characterized her work to date. A mural forms an open-ended structure with its potentially infinite combinations: It seems to breathe, constraining and distending the grounding of space. The book’s structure mirrors this evolution, exploring a before, characterized by large-scale environmental installations in New York’s New Museum, the Biennale di Venezia and in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, to name a few, and an after, when the artist’s sculptural environments seem to shift their locus of perception.

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