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89books is happy to announce its first Artist Residency in Palermo!
Midge Wattles (b. 1990) is an American artist based in New York. Inspired by her interests in art history and the origins of images, she uses photography as a tool to trace a historical or personal lineage throughout each of her series. Her recent work explores the elements of light, time, and surface as both the material and subject of her images.
The residency will start on October 23rd, stay tuned!
The book Marzia’s Family 2007-2017 is on Kickstarter!
Dear friends and colleagues,
We've just launched our first Kickstarter campaign to publish the book Marzia's Family 2007-2017, by photographer Mauro D'Agati. Published by 89books, Marzia's Family 2007-2017 concludes the first ten years of the project, a nonjudgmental systematic investigation of Marzia’s journey from childhood to adolescence, as well as the human condition of a family from Palermo. It's an exciting moment for us and we are happy to share it with you. We hope this initiative will succeed thanks to your generous support and good vibes.
Please visit the project's page, support and spread the word!
Mauro met six-year-old Marzia while at the beach near Termini Immerse Agglomerato Industriale, ten years ago. Despite being considerably overweight, she was graceful and charming. Captured by Marzia’s sincere and genuine emotions, Mauro D’Agati started following her and the family with his camera, to the point of becoming an adopted member of it. His lifelong interest in the investigation of the human condition went off well with the family’s acceptance and openness towards him. Mauro was there for the children’s first holy communions and birthday parties, holidays, celebrations, and mournings. This is what the book, consisting of 576 pages, effectively conveys.
"He [Mauro D'Agati] has made a (shockingly undersung and underfunded) career out of lifting the curtain on people in the margins. His main territory is his birthplace, Palermo, and its decaying, passionate underbellies. After studying law, he photographed the city's local jazz festivals, its notorious crime families, and transvestite hookers. When he left Palermo, he found similarly cloistered communities: the Freemasons of Cuba, the ghettos of Mexico City. His next project is infiltrating Bangkok's secretive fetish society. As to the common thread between these subjects, "there is something human inside," says Mauro. "The common thing is the connection with me and these people. Every time, there's a sort of friendship at the end." Rory Satran, www.i-d.vice.com