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FOTOFOBIA - a photography book series with poetry, critical writing, and performances (dance, acting, music)

Bibiana Medkova

Fotofobia is photography book series that presents photography and writing as a dialogue in a unique handmade, limited edition book objet d’art. We collaborate with musicians, performers, writers, photographers, VJs, curators, writers, poets, and live audiences to find alternate ways of experiencing photography in the contemporary social landscape.

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History
Fotofobia (formerly Excesiva Fotofobia) is photography book series that presents photography and writing as a dialogue in a unique handmade, limited edition book objet d’art.  We collaborate with musicians, performers, writers, photographers, VJs, curators, writers, poets, and live audiences to find alternate ways of experiencing photography in the contemporary social landscape.  We have engaged audiences inside traditional venues and via contemporary social media outlets.

Book I (published 2014) and Book II (published 2015) have been showcased at the Athens Photo Festival in Greece, which was presented at the Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), and NY Art Book Fair, which took place at MoMA PS1.  These books are at Special Collections at Pratt Institute, Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design libraries.  Currently we have distribution in New York, Brooklyn, Berlin, Prague, and over 10,000 followers on Facebook.

Objective
Fotofobia was created to present work of talented photographers and writers to a wider audience globally.  Our main goal is to consider the book as an art object; to present the photography and writing in a package that is very unique yet meets museum standards of archivability.  Secondly, Fotofobia is engaging an audience through re-interpretation of the book form into a live multi-media synthesis using music and performance.  Thirdly, it is our aim to circulate the work of our artists internationally through festivals, book stores, libraries, museums, social media, and downloadable interactive e-books.


Goals
We encourage a collaborative environment: first stage, Book Production, is a collaboration between writers, curators, 2D and 3D designers and photographers; second stage, Book Launch, is a reinterpretation of the book in a live event, a collaboration across disciplines utilizing a flexible model that may include live musicians, bands, VJs, actors, dancers and the participation of a live audience.

We are committed to publishing one book in three formats and one performance event per year.  

Past - Book I

Photographers - HIJO (New York), BIBIANA (Brooklyn)

Writers - a mysterious contributor (New York), and essays by curators Juliette McPeak (Long Island) and Emma Louise (New Jersey).

Performers -  Molly Nugent (Brooklyn) live music and performance, and Dani DuBois (Brooklyn) interpretive voice reading at Mellow Pages Library in Bushwick.

Specifics - Edition of 100, numbered, printed using 4 archival papers and archival inks, Handbound (Drill-n-Stitch) Paperback, 6 x 5 in / 15.24 x 12.7 cm, 36 pages

Past - Book II

Photographers - Armand Agresti (Pennsylvania), Ruben Natal-San Miguel (New York), and Jason Derek North (New Orleans).

Writers - Barbara Gogan (New York) and Rita Koehler (Indiana).

Performers -  Brad Landers (Brooklyn) a dancer and choreographer, along with actresses Christina Dancu (Queens) and Jackie Bourbon (New York) silently interpretted the contents of the book at Clemente Soto Velez (Lower East Side).

Specifics - Edition of 100, numbered, printed using 4 archival papers and archival inks, Handbound (Drill-n-Stitch) Paperback, 6 x 5 in / 15.24 x 12.7 cm, 36 pages, 2015.

Future - Book III

Theme - Reconfiguring & Color.  Montage.  Place.  Accident.  Process.

Book Formats - Book III will be released in the following formats:
        e-book - an interactive virtual version of the publication.  Ephemeral in quality, expansive in content and inexpensive to obtain.
        2D hardcover - a mass produced edition of 500 books distributed worldwide
        3D special objet d’art - a handmade edition of 50, produced in New York City, with a 3D printed cover cast in rubber, archival bookblock, additional content, and a bonus print

Specifications 9 x 8 in, 100 pages, unique binding, 3D printed cover, 3 different kinds of paper, iridescent pink cover

Photographers - Luis Gonzalez Palma (Guatemala), Thomas Kellner (Germany), Assaf Shaham (Israel), Jason Derek North (USA), BIBIANA (USA/Czech Republic), Gakurou (Japan), and Martin Schmidt (Switzerland).

Writers - Amy Lawless & Chris Cheney (poetry duo), Elin Spring (critic), Margaret Ewing (curator), Ted Reiderer (writer), Justin Torres (novelist), BC Edwards (poet) and Angela Wong (poet).

Performers - Mercedes Searer (dancer/choreographer), Rachel Felstein (actor), Jeff Prewitt (actor), Estatica Inminente (musical guest).

Symbolism - Iridescent Pink: The color pink is often associated with universal love of oneself and of others. According to Hindu Yogis, the color pink is one of the colors of the fourth primary energy center. In contemporary India the color pink remains an important color, symbolizing love, welcome embrace, spirituality. During Rococo Period (1720-1777) the color pink became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe.  In Japan, pink is the color most commonly associated with springtime, a symbol of the affinity for pink is through the blooming cherry blossoms, and the festivals that are dedicated to them. If anything that these regions have in common is how the color pink is regarded as a positive influence on culture and tradition.

Timeline - Book III is slated for release and launch in September 2016 in NYC.  Free admission.

Contact

For more information on Fotofobia please visit www.excesivafotofobia.com

To see more of Pickled Press's publications, please visit www.pickledpress.com

To view BIBIANA's work, visit www.bibiana.co

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PickledPress

 

To Donate

Fotofobia needs money to print mass and special editions of the book, fund the launch event, and pay artists involved.  We thank you for your commitment.  If you would like to see budget breakdown, selected photography, 2D and 3D designs, or anything else, please email fotofobia[at]pickledpress.com.  Fotofobia is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts and all donations are tax-deductible.