JULY NEWS: Happy to finally sit down and write an epilogue to the Fear of Disappearance production period. Proud to say that the project research and development stage was successfully completed in the last week of April. The outcomes included an artist book (limited edition of 40 copies), a zine (edition of 100) and a book sculpture (mild steel, concrete, aluminium, laser engraved perspex, edition of 3).

Fear of Disappearance set out to explore the notion of identity in relation to space and architectural landscape. Here, I aimed to investigate my own connection with the urban setting, searching for the feeling of permanency within the environment marked by continuous redevelopment and population change. What kind of changes do we experience as the result of relocation? How do the memories of specific physical locations contribute to the development of place attachment? And crucially: How can the anxiety of change be visually expressed?  

Limited number of copies of the artist edition can now be ordered online using PayPal button at the bottom of the project description page. Apart from the printed side of the Fear of Disappearance project, I was also developing a book sculpture object in collaboration with my partner Che Kevlin. Engaging in the dialogue on the future of still photography in a digital age, the resulting art work reflects my preoccupation with the construction, form, and physicality of a book. My influences here included the exhibition Unbinding the Book commissioned by Blurb and Jotta (2014), works in aluminium by Lygia Clark, Amnesiac Patina by Llane Lang, Spatial Composition 2 (1928) by Katarzyna Kobro. The viewer is encouraged to tactilely engage with the bookwork and is allowed to remove and place back, or even rearrange the order of the laser engraved pages.

On the 7th of May the sculpture and the artist edition were first previewed as part of Chat/1 work-in-progress showcase organized by I’m not done artists, and was shown at The Archive Gallery of The Rose Lipman Centre in De Beauvoir Town, London.

The zine  was first shown at the Alternative Takeover 2015, 47/49 Tanner Street, where I very much enjoyed sharing the table with the very talented Eastborne-based book artist Sally Willow.

Zine Format: Soft cover (235 gm Pergamenata Fedrigoni, off-machine laminated, Pearl Silver). Type of paper: Freelife Cento Binding: Hand Sewn Pamphlet Stitch Size: A5 Number of pages: 52 Type of printing: digital Number of pictures: 31 Buy online option can be found at the following link.

One of my personal highlights this May was Offprint at Tate Modern, where the artist edition of the book was shown along with Akina Books recent projects, Grand Circle Diego and Swastika on the Sun. Very grateful to Nadia Nervo for such a lovely tweet from the event.

The last but by far not the least of May events was the book work showcase at Off the shelf exhibition at /i’klectik/ Art Lab in London where the artist edition and the zine were exhibited along with a great selection of international artist books.

After this overwhelmingly wonderful and busy period I took the month of June off to attend friend artist events, performances, and exhibitions. What I am up to now? I have just finished developing a new photo series for the Preto Collective, its inaugural publication to appear in early autumn, joined Shutter Hub and T.A.P., and became the founder W.A.L.PH. Collective. World domination aside, my plan for autumn 2015 includes work on the exhibition potential of the Fear of Disappearance project. If you would like to keep up to date with any planned public events the coming season, please, subscribe to my Facebook or Twitter feed. Wishing all a wonderful August break, and thank you for following my blog!