In the murky waters of the Mediterranean lie the ruins of Alexandria’s fabled lighthouse, a wonder of the ancient world destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages. While mapped by archeologists, most of these 2,000 stone remnants will never be retrieved and reconstructed: the Pharos Lighthouse can only be inferred. But above the surface, the lighthouse is ubiquitous in the modern city, its image wholly imagined, with little resemblance to the stones at the bottom of the sea.
In a richly braided, intimately told narrative of text and image, New York–born artist and writer Ellie Ga (born 1976) takes the reader with her on dive boats and into the water, behind the walls of hidden museums, through city streets pasted with political graffiti, into the offices of archeologists and the homes of Alexandrians—just as Egypt is on the cusp of its first post-revolution election. Ga’s investigations into the lighthouse chart the charged spaces between the historical and mythological, between the translated and untranslatable, between the unearthing of memory, the circumscription of the past and the potential of the present. Ga’s subject is ostensibly the Pharos Lighthouse, but her own gorgeously constructed palimpsests reveal a multitude of possible truths: Square Octagon Circle becomes a prism through which to see the nature of the unknown.
After a 2006 residency at the Explorers Club in New York, artist and writer Ellie Ga (born 1976) became the sole artist-in-residence aboard The Tara––a research vessel lodged in the ice of the Arctic Ocean, and the second boat in history built to drift indefinitely in pack ice, where it collected scientific data on Arctic ice conditions. From this extraordinary adventure arose Ga's acclaimed performance lecture The Fortunetellers, which she has delivered at the Kitchen, the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum, among other venues.
North Was Here is the first publication based on Ga's polar residency. It includes three arctic booklets made during the continuous polar night as the boat was drifting, as well as a new piece that juxtaposes Polaroids and documentary footage stills that the artist used for a related video piece, At the Beginning North Was Here.
PUBLISHER Ugly Duckling Presse
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 5.25 x 7.5 in. / 96 pgs / 48 color / 3 duotone / 32 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/20/2018 Forthcoming
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2018 p. 154
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781946433145TRADE List Price: $25.00 CDN $34.50
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STATUS: Forthcoming | 11/20/2018
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