Bliss, Abyss - Titles for Reference

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  • Judy Blame’s Obituary: Writings on Fashion and Death        Derek McCormack        Books / Artists’ Writings        $21.00
  • To Die Alive        Matthew Leifheit        Books / Monographs        $60.00
  • Hedda        Fin Serck-Hanssen        Books / Artists’ Books        $56.00
  • Behind Shut Eyes: QTBIPOC Dream Anthology        Coyote Park, Rin Kim and Mac Do        Books / Artists’ Writings        $26.00
  • Imperfect Archiving, Archiving as Practice For a Love of Softness [Fourth Edition]        Be Oakley        Books / Artists’ Books        $24.00
  • Against the Anthropocene        T.J. Demos        Books        $25.00
  • DUETS: Frederick Weston & Samuel R. Delany In Conversation        Visual AIDS        Books / Monographs        $15.00
  • The Ice Palace is Gone        Ian Lewandowski        Books / Monographs        $45.00
  • The Wretched of the Screen        Hito Steyerl        Books / Monographs        $15.00
  • K-Y        C. Klockner        Books / Artists’ Books        $18.00
  • Lyle Ashton Harris: Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs        Lyle Ashton Harris        Books / Artists’ Books        $60.00

On the occasion of the inaugural exhibition for the International Library of Fashion Research in collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (in Oslo, Norway), Printed Matter’s Chelsea location is hosting an in-store film screening featuring the work of Lengua. The artist, whose work parallels fashion and art and deconstructs perspectives of gender via fashion, was commissioned to create an interactive fashion film that genuinely involves and reflects the international underground queer scene.
Through the lense of a flickering sun, the short film titled «Bliss, Abyss» narrates three characters on an apocalyptic or disastrous quest towards another world; bodies (with grotesque costumes, plastic-taped make-up and sun-burnt skin) in relationship with other bodies. An extension of Lengua’s personal work within fashion and photography, this film is a highly candid, poetic and visually compelling artistic interpretation of the project’s themes-at-large; such as queer identities, alternative gender expression and Queer Futurism.
The film (which will also be shown throughout the summer months in Oslo) is corresponding with Norway’s “Queer Culture Year 2022”, a series of events marking 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalized.
At Printed Matter (the first satellite exhibition of the film); the display will also feature a series of books and reference materials further expanding on the themes of the project. Additionally an extended catalog will be published, giving context to the themes, the commission and the project, with contributors selected by the artist themselves in dialogue with the curators. The catalogue expands and explores themes behind the commission such as the anthropocene, queer historiography, synergies between the respective local and international underground scenes and alternative gender expression.
Special thanks to The Norwegian Consulate General in New York for generously supporting this project.

  1. Lyle Ashton Harris
    Lyle Ashton Harris: Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs
    New York, NY: Aperture, 2017
  2. Derek McCormack
    Judy Blame’s Obituary: Writings on Fashion and Death
    London, UK: Pilot Press, 2021
  3. Matthew Leifheit
    To Die Alive
    Damiani, 2022
  4. Fin Serck-Hanssen
    London, UK: Loose Joints, 2021
  5. Coyote Park, Rin Kim and Mac Do
    Behind Shut Eyes: QTBIPOC Dream Anthology
    Brooklyn, NY: GenderFail Press, 2021
  6. Be Oakley
    Imperfect Archiving, Archiving as Practice For a Love of Softness [Fourth Edition]
    Brooklyn, NY: GenderFail Press, 2021
    Out of stock
  7. T.J. Demos
    Against the Anthropocene
    Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press, 2017
  8. Visual AIDS
    DUETS: Frederick Weston & Samuel R. Delany In Conversation
    New York, NY: Visual Aids, 2021
    Out of stock
  9. Ian Lewandowski
    The Ice Palace is Gone
    Magic Hour Press, 2022
    Out of stock
  10. Hito Steyerl
    The Wretched of the Screen
    Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press, 2012
    Out of stock
  11. C. Klockner
    GenderFail Press, 2019
    Out of stock
Last updated 7/5/2022