Diario No 1

DERMISACHE, Mirtha
Publisher
Guy Schraenen Editeur
Antwerp 1975
Edition
Edition of 1000 copies
Image ID 01277
ARTIST BOOK issued in folio size newspaper format.
The Argentinian artist Mirtha Dermisache (1940-2012) wrote her first book in 1967, 500 pages in length and not a single word. “I started writing,” she said in a 2011 interview, “and the result was something unreadable.” This sounds to me overly modest. Her skill is for distracting the onlooker’s impulse to read.
In her Diarios series, the artist copies out the daily newspaper, turning an organ of information into a rectangular array of shapes and forms, preserving the architecture of the newspaper but losing the informational remit. Though we learn nothing from the newspaper about the events it records, we can gauge a lot about Dermisache’s state of mind on the day she does the copying: concentration reflected in small, precise characters; tiredness in lazy loops; enthusiasm in large characters…”

RECENTLY CHOOSEN BY THE ARTIST MARTHA WILSON AS HER FAVOURITE ARTIST BOOK IN MOMA's Artist Book collection.

She writes:
Mirtha Dermisache, Diario No. 1: ano 1 was published in Argentina in 1972, during the years when people were being “disappeared” by the government. It is a tabloid publication which appears to be covered with meaningless gibberish, or perhaps graffiti or calligraphy practice. It made it past the censors because they did not understand that Mirtha was drawing a portrait of the nonsense that passed for news in government-controlled newspapers. Consequently, this work stands as a visual protest of Argentina’s oppressive political regime.

-- Martha Wilson

£80.00
Binding type
Softcover
48x36cms
Book condition
As New
Stock number
10781
Image ID 01278
 
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