Melancholic Road (artist book)
All orders received from 03/11/2017 - 15/11/2017 will be shipped after 20th of November!
Russia and Russianness is an intrinsic item on the agenda of both Latvia and the world. The geopolitical processes, the current political rhetoric, the media narratives reminiscent of the Cold War era, the radicalised views of friends and colleagues somehow bring about connotations of the nineteen nineties and the ethnic tension-filled and otherwise politically unpleasant milieu in Latvia at that time.
Amateur videos documenting controversial events and phenomena in Russia, such as mass fist fights, traffic accidents, self-destructive actions, lynching, xenophobia and homophobia are a primary source for this book. The viral nature of these videos turn them into contemporary folklore, which may not provide an explanation, but nevertheless contains some existentially significant and irrational component that may serve as a key to the contemporary Russian cultural discourse.
20-year-old oil transit customs declarations found in an abandoned Russian military oil base near the Russian-Latvian border serve as pages for this book.
Author, design, text: Alnis Stakle
Height: 30,8cm | Width: 21,7 cm | Depth: 1,7cm
Images: 48 colour images
Pages: every page is unique oil transit customs declaration form from 90s | pages my have folds, holes, ect.
2017 - Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards shortlist
2016 - book dummy "Melancholic Road" awards, shortlists & exhibitions:
Unseen Photo Fair & Festival (special mention), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles (shortlist), dummy Book exhibition, Arles, France
Fotobookfestival Kassel (shortlist), Three Shadows Photography Arts Centre, Beijing, China
Photobook Bristol (shortlist), United Kingdom
Gibellina Photoroad, Itally
Gazebook Sicily Photobook Festival, Itally
PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Work series "Melancholic Road" exhibited:
Turbulence, 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Odessa Modern Art, Ukraine (2017)
Still Searching, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2017)
Contemporary Activism, Malmo Fotobiennal, Malmo, Sweden (2015)
Viral: Photography in the Age of Social Media, CRASSH Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences un Humanities, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (2015)
More information - www.alnisstakle.com