What kind of a reader does an artist make? This publication marks the conclusion of Para | Fictions, a two-year commissioning series in which ten artists –Dineo Seshee Bopape, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Mark Geffriaud, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Laure Prouvost, Oscar Santillan, Lucy Skaer, and Rayyane Tabet– responded to works of literary fiction. Deploying strategies of allusion, vandalism, mistranslation and appropriation, the participating artists approached texts by writers such as Bessie Head, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Virginia Woolf. In the publication, invited writers and curators respond to each work, completing a circle between text and object, to trace the lines of literary affiliation and tease the productive tensions that arise between a source material and its reinscription.
Robin van den Akker, Defne Ayas, Osei Bonsu, Jean-Max Colard, Deanna Havas, Natasha Hoare, Aaron Peck, Samuel Saelemakers, Timotheus Vermeulen, Evan Calder Williams
Maria-Louiza Ouranou, Wendy van Slagmaat-Bos
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Jack Bakker, Patrick C. Haas, Rosa Mulder
Para | Fictions is supported by AMMODO.
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is supported by the City of Rotterdam (DKC) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).