Asor (limited edition)
Manuel Rocha Iturbide and Christina Kim/dosa
Limited edition with a signed silver-gelatin print and textile enclosure
With secrets drawn from her archive, Graciela Iturbide creates a curious world in which the human subjects we encounter in her widely-known portraits are absent. In Asor, the human subject is the reader alone, dream borne, on a journey in which all places remain nameless, time cannot be ascertained, and the course is lost to the imagination. Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Iturbide constructs her intimate homage to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale without words, making use of the narrative as well as formal elements of her photographs to take her readers on a fantastic journey that can unfold only in print.
Accompanying the visual work are six electroacoustic works by composer Manuel Rocha Iturbide. Composed over a fifteen year period from 1990 to 2005 from sources taped by Rocha Iturbide during his extensive travels, the compositions were selected by the composer in response to his mother’s photographs.
For the limited edition of Asor, Christina Kim/dosa has created a textile envelope using remnants and off-cuts from dosa clothing lines. The reversible envelopes are hand-spun, hand-woven, organic hill cotton on the outside and habutai silk on the inside. The design is inspired by the patchwork of the nomadic Banjara of India, particularly their lively traditional bags and sacks made from scraps of old textiles and used to carry all of one’s possessions during a life of continuous movement. Asor is similarly constructed from a lifetime of gathered experiences – many points along a continuous journey – that are stitched together to create something new. The textile enclosure for the special edition was hand-embroidered in India by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad and sewn at dosa in Los Angeles.
5 series, each 22 copies with 3 APs.
Each includes a copy of Asor by Graciela Iturbide with a signed and numbered silver gelatin print in a unique cotton and silk textile envelope.
The five series are shown above:
Series 1: Dancers
Series 2: Angel
Series 3: Exhibition
Series 4: Camels
Series 5: Sunflowers
Artist book / an original work for print
Paper-wrapped hardcover; stitched book block; reinforced spine; headband; gold endpapers
21 x 21cm (8.25 x 8.25 in.)
204 pages; 104 tritone images
Audio CD titled Soar with six electroacoustic works by Manuel Rocha Iturbide (64 min.) attached to the inside back cover: SL-9 (1994); Rebicycling (2000); Móin-Mór (1995); Atl (1990); Purusha-Prakrti (2005); Cantos Rituales (2003)
Monoprint on the back endpaper, achieved through a chemical reaction between the gold paper and Audio CD pouch
Paper: Schleipen Werkdruck 1,75 170g, an acid-free, uncoated paper
Printing: book and cover wrapper were printed on Steidl’s Roland 700 and Roland 200 offset-lithographic presses using a tritone process, with an additional gold ink on the cover.
Concept and work: Graciela Iturbide
Electroacoustic works: Manuel Rocha Iturbide
Textile envelope (limited edition): Christina Kim/dosa
Project development: Nina Holland and Jerry Sohn/Little Steidl
Book design: Graciela Iturbide, Nina Holland, and Simon Johnston
Scans and tritone separations: Steidl, Göttingen
Printing: Steidl, Göttingen
Asor – limited edition
Available September 2017
About the Artists – Graciela Iturbide, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, and Christina Kim
Graciela Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942. At the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, she studied with Manuel Alvarez Bravo, who invited her to be his assistant in 1970. Since 1975 her photography has been extensively published and presented in more than sixty exhibitions throughout the world, including a major exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2007–08. She was honored with the Hasselblad Award in 2008.
Manuel Rocha Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1963. He studied composition at the Escuela Nacional de Música and electronic music at Mills College and the University of Paris VIII. He has produced commissioned works for the Festival Internacional Cervantino and for the Arditti String Quartet and has presented works in numerous international music festivals and as sound installations in gallery settings.
Christina Kim started dosa thirty-three years ago as an artistic experiment. It was a conversation with commerce, a way to communicate through design. Through her travels, she met people and discovered collaborators, developing her ideas into products and art installations. Today that early adventure has grown into an expansive body of work, focused on creating goods of enduring value. Her design process has evolved to include a system-wide approach to reuse and recycling, including using cutting room waste to create new products. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.