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Kim Berman
Robbin Ami Silverberg

Pages: unpaged
Size: 476mm
Edition: #3/7. Variable edition

Place publication: New York
Publisher: Artists Book
Exhibition 2017; 2022

Additional notes:
"Kakistocracy is a term that has been used to describe a state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. It combines qualities of 'nepotism, oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, demagoguery, alt-right values and a disturbing tendency toward fascist nationalism'.

As artists from two nations both presenting as kleptocracies, we combined our perspectives and artistic styles to create this artist book by re-interpreting our landscapes as dumping grounds and printing them on papers with embedded detritus and replete with holes. The double pamphlet French-door structure allows for a myriad of presentations and enhances the non-linear exploration of these ideas."

Additional thoughts:

Kim Berman states: "My collaboration with Robbin dates back to the early ’90s. She taught me about artist books, and hand papermaking and then taught my students, some of whom have remained South Africa’s foremost book artists. And then, extending possibilities, we went on to establish Phumani Hand Papermaking as a small job creation industry across South Africa. When we co-create, we can match each other’s energy and intensity. Magic happens in the process."

Reference note:
The colophon is written onto a hand-made paper card which is attached to the book by white thread.

A response to our dual political disasters in the US + SA by Kim Berman and Robbin Ami Silverberg.

Variable edition of 7. Monoprint, drypoint, relief print in Dobbin Mill papers with embedded detritus.

Portfolio paper courtesy of Mary Hart.

Complex double gatefold structure with signatures in the middle and in the open gatefolds.

Housed in a hand-made portfolio envelope with a flap on the top.

Exhibition notes:
‘Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books’.

FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg.

Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon.

24 March - 5 May 2017

Creative Research: The Artists’ Books of Veronika Schäpers, Robbin Ami Silverberg and Julie Chen.


22 September to 15 December 2022

Ref: GB/15391

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