Simplifying My Library is a visual essay created by artist, designer, researcher and book collector Federico Antonini. It combines various images linked by the theme of 'backward shelving'. This is the practice of positioning books inside the bookcases with the backs facing the wall and the counter-back or fore edge towards the observer.
Backward shelving is a trend that has exploded in recent decades within furniture department stores to avoid copyright problems or complaints for surreptitious advertising. It then spread as a certain home decor fashion leaning towards a superficial minimalism. But in reality it has a much older and rooted history in publishing, as Antonini demonstrates in Simplifying My Library. At the centre of his investigation is the relationship between conceptual art and bookmaking, the death of the page as a cultural object, and the (media) specificities of (re)production means.
Everyedition, 256 pages 14.8cm x 10.5mm, paperback, 500 only
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