I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating Alec Soth
Regular price£50.00 GBP
Embossed linen hardback 84 pages, 30 x 33.5cm Interview with Alec Soth by Hanya Yanagihara
Publication date: March 2019
ISBN: 978-1-912339-31-0 €55 £50 $65
Coincides with four solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Berlin.
Taking its name from a line in the Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Gray Room,” Alec Soth’s latest book is a lyrical exploration of the limitations of photographic representation. While these large-format color photographs are made all over the world, they aren’t about any particular place or population. By a process of intimate and often extended engagement, Soth’s portraits and images of his subject’s surroundings involve an enquiry into the extent to which a photographic likeness can depict more than the outer surface of an individual, and perhaps even plumb the depths of something unknowable about both the sitter and the photographer.
“After the publication of my last book about social life in America, Songbook, and a retrospective of my four, large scale American projects, Gathered Leaves, I went through a long period of rethinking my creative process. For over a year I stopped traveling and photographing people. I barely took any pictures at all.
When I returned to photography, I wanted to strip the medium down to its primary elements. Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking at other people and, hopefully, briefly glimpse their interior life.
In order to try and access these lives, I made all of the photographs in interior spaces. While these rooms often exist in far-flung places, it’s only to emphasize that these pictures aren’t about any place in particular. Whether a picture is made in Odessa or Minneapolis, my goal was the same: to simply spend time in the presence of another beating heart.” – Alec Soth
Book Launch Events:
Thursday 4 April 2019:Alec Soth in conversation with Vince Aletti Followed by a book signing Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Saturday 30 March 2019: Alec Soth in conversation [interlocutor tbc] Followed by a book signing König an der Museumsinsel, Burgstraße 27, Berlin 10178
Saturday 29 June 2019: Alec Soth in conversation with Alona Pardo [ticketed event] Followed by a book signing Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H 0DT
Weinstein Hammons Exhibition Opening: 15 March 2019 908 West 46th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
Sean Kelly Gallery Exhibition Opening: 21 March 2019 475 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Fraenkel Gallery Exhibition Opening: 23 March 2019 49 Geary Street,suite450, San Francisco, CA 94108
Loock Gallery Exhibition Opening: 29 March 2109 Potsdamer Strasse 63, 10785 Berlin