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Pier Paolo Pasolini, sadly long dead, remains inspiring and provocative not only because of his many talents as a linguist, man of letters, journalist and filmmaker, but also because of his themes. Pasolini never merely transfigured the archaism of remote regions or merely condemned progress, but in his appropriation of both poles he outlined a comprehensive poetics of experimental thought. In today's Europe of levelling and regulation, his voice is sorely missed. Buy...

The Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) coined the term "sentimental geography" to describe a unique artistic approach in which the ordinary is worthy of closer scrutiny. Puglia, an - at the time - off-the-beaten-track region at the very tip of the heel of Italy, with its whitewashed houses and streets, attracted the attention of this extraordinary photographer. Neglected by the rest of Italy, which looked only to the rich and profitable north of the country, he turned his camera to the everyday life of this sun-drenched land and its inhabitants. The minimalist yet sensitive photographs, with their elegant colour palette, evoke a sense of place known for its ancient architecture, crystal clear waters and arid olive groves.⁠⁠   Buy...

For an Exhibition at Aloft at Hermès in Singapore, French artist Xavier Antin created a machine that validates Bitcoin transaction. A fraction of the processed transaction rewards this "work". The cryptocurrency accumulated through the machine is then used to finance automatic delivery of bouquets of flowers to the Aloft Space. This book shows these bouquets, which are beautifully Riso-printed using only orange, green, medium blue, flat gold, yellow and purple. Below each image is a reference to the validated transaction used to pay for the flowers.⁠⁠   Buy...

Obsessed with flea-markets, car boot sales and the the leftovers of lives lived in recent urban history that they hold, Nadia Lee Cohen collected the name badges of 33 unknown individuals. She created personas for these name badges, visualised their imagined lives through an arrangement of objects and ultimately transformed herself into them.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The photographic portraits and resulting book are the product of many hours spent in wardrobe, make up and prosthetics - and the endless creativity of one of the greatest contemporary artists!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Nadia Lee Cohen’s “HELLO My Name Is” sold out at the publisher before it even reached us!⁠⁠ Clothbound hardcover, 160 pages. First edition of 1000.⁠ ⁠⁠   Buy...

As We Rise presents an exciting compilation of photographs from African diasporic culture. With over one hundred works by Black artists from Canada, the Caribbean, Great Britain, the United States, South America, as well as throughout the African continent, this volume provides a timely exploration of Black identity on both sides of the Atlantic.⁠ ⁠ As Teju Cole describes in his preface, “Too often in the larger culture, we see images of Black people in attitudes of despair, pain, or brutal isolation. As We Rise gently refuses that. It is not that people are always in an attitude of celebration—no, that would be a reverse but corresponding falsehood—but rather that they are present as human beings, credible, fully engaged in their world.” Drawn from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection in Toronto—a Black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent—As We Rise looks at the multifaceted ideas of Black life through the lenses of community, identity, and power.   Buy...

[vc_row][vc_column width='1/5'][/vc_column][vc_column width='3/5'] It’s a new year, and with it comes a new installment of our Surprise Subscription. This month, we bring you the very first issue of the new publication from the makers of Kajet Journal: introducing ‘The Future Of…’

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[vc_row][vc_column width='1/5'][/vc_column][vc_column width='3/5'] We all have an idea, when we travel there, of what a particular city is really like, or at least what it should be like: we picture Venice without all the tourists, Paris without the graffiti, London without the painfully-expensive ticket prices on the Tube. But those things are part of the truth of the place, aren’t they? And to deny them is to deny the reality of our lived experience of the world. Which is where Desired Landscapes comes in.

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The cover of the latest issue of foam features an image of Sarah Bahbah's work. The extraordinary Palestinian-Australian artist reflects on her womanhood and Arab roots through cinematic still images she creates with herself as the protagonist and her inner monologue as the caption. As female sexuality is often considered a taboo subject in Arab culture, Bahbah takes us on a visual journey into her soul, reclaiming her desire, her power and her Arab identity as a whole. In doing so, she takes the upper hand over her own narrative. She frees herself from shame and guilt, two feelings that serve to maintain control over the female body. Her images offer a brave, honest account of what it means to be a woman.⁠⁠ From art, literature and media to academia and internet culture, the visual and the written language have crossed paths many a time, creating a genre of their own. Issue 60 of foam looks closely at current crossroads and intersections. What meanings and stories can one medium give or take from the other? And how can they influence our thinking or the way we perceive and navigate a world of fact and fiction.   Buy...

Fresh off the press: The fantastic cookbook Amphorea Me Kéfi. Not only is this beautiful project self-published with heart and attention to detail, but the recipes are collected over years and tell the story of a family and togetherness - and (obviously) food. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The Greek soil is barren, unruly and yet fertile. Pigments and herbs, plants and fruits are constant sources of recipes, ideas, stories and images. It all started with Giagia, the Greek grandmother who passed on her passion for cooking to all her six children, including her second-born son Stelios. The secret of this cuisine: fresh ingredients processed by hand and Greek gold - olive oil - as the basis. Over the years, Stylianos' traditional dishes have been refined and developed into an authentic and independent cuisine. Daughter Dimitra has been collecting his recipes for years. This gave rise to the idea of publishing them in a cookbook. After almost exactly thirty years, Stelios and Regula are closing the chapter of Taverna Amphorea and passing on the space and tradition to a new generation. The cookbook is meant to let the recipes of Taverna Amphorea and the Greek way of life celebrated in it - kefi - travel on. "Amphorea Me Kefi" is a matter of the heart and a way of life.⁠⁠   Buy...

From min-min, the sound of air screaming, to jin-jin, the sound of being touched for the very first time, from hi’sori, the sound of harbouring masochist tendencies, to mote-mote, the sound of becoming a small-town movie star, Fifty Sounds is a personal dictionary of the Japanese language. Polly Barton recounting her obsession with the country she moved to at the age of 21 - Japan. Irreverent, humane, witty and wise, Fifty Sounds is an exceptional debut about the quietly revolutionary act of learning, speaking, and living in another language.⁠   Buy...