Book Arts

Sarah Bodman – I Made This For You

15th AMACI – Giornata del Contemporaneo

Curated by Antonio Freiles, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea L. Barbera, Messina, Italy, 12/10/2019 – 14/11/2019

Curated by Antonio Freiles. Various themes are present in the books of this English artist from Bristol: from the narration of moments of everyday life, such as the Flowers in Hotel Rooms series, to historical events, Gift, to travel books, to conceptual books. Books in collaboration with artists, poets and writers: How Do I Love Thee?, Cad Yellow Deep. Conceptual, inventive and surprising books. Books that even imagine the end of a love affair between a plane spotter and a flower arranger, Closure.

“Many work trips may seem glamorous, but in reality, it is mainly time spent in airports, stations and hotel rooms. These books help me occupy my time by imagining what the characters in the books I read would do if they were here.”

Sarah Bodman is editor of the Artist’s Book Yearbook, a biennial publication on the arts of the contemporary book, published by Impact Press. She is also editor of the
Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books.

The 15th Day of Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art, the great event organised annually by AMACI to bring the contemporary art to the general public will be held on Saturday, 12 October 2019. Now in its fifteenth year, once again the Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art will open the doors of 24 AMACI museums free of charge, along with about a thousand institutions throughout Italy and abroad to present artists and new ideas through exhibitions, workshops, events and conferences.

This is a multiform programme that, year after year, has given the general public an opportunity to experience from up close the complex and lively world of contemporary art, making the event organized by AMACI the annual appointment that officially opens the art season in Italy.

A new artist’s book in collaboration with Chrystal Cherniwchan has been published: Lago Cremisi Permanente. A text and image response to the short story ‘Watching God’ in the collection Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. This a new book, based on the collaborative artist’s book trilogy (Red Blue Shades, Perm Green Light & Cad Yellow Deep) Edition of 300, October 2019, 105 x 148 mm, 20 pages. Published by Antonio Freiles on the occasion of the exhibition Sarah Bodman – I Made This For You, AMACI – Quindicesima Giornata del Contemporaneo, curated by Antonio Freiles, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “L.Barbera”- Provincia Regionale di Messina. Via XXIV Maggio – Messina, Italy, 12/10/2019 – 14/11/2019

For more information on the exhibition, visit the AMACI website. Many thanks to Antonio Freiles for the invitation to exhibit and for curating and arranging the exhibition, and publishing the new artist’s book. Thanks also to Silvia Freiles for her catalogue text and translations.