msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush

nothing to undo
a photobook with migrant eyes 


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paula roush: nothing to undo, installation view, PHOTO BOOK THING exhibition, Digital Gallery, London
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TITLE WORK: nothing to undo 
AUTHOR: paula roush
MEDIUM: photobookwork
PAGES: 75  pages, 24 gatefolds
2 inserts and 4 loose texts
DIMENSIONS: 29.7 x 21 cm
29,7 x 84 cm open
PAPER: Fedrigoni 100 + 300 gsm paper,
Daler-Rowney tracing paper 60gsm,
newsprint 60gsm
and various found papers
BINDING: Handbound with slipcase
stab binding with linen thread
PROCESS: Toner printing with
HP LaserJet CP5225 +
Solid Ink Xerox Phaser 8560
COLOUR: 48 colour photographs
8 monotone images
TEXT: essay by Maria Lusitano
PUBLISHER: msdm publications
EDITION: 250
YEAR: 2015


ABOUT THE WORK
A road-trip between Malmö and Stockholm, two friends on the road, self-consciously documenting their disembodied geographies. The book documents a farewell journey whilst essaying photographs and writing into the double vision of the migrants’ eyes.
The journey in the diaspora is recreated in the photobook form through gatefolds and splits that fragment the photos
in halves, a process that can be reverse-engineered through cross-referencing the photos to the indexical writing.

 

AWARDS
Winner Sheffield International Artist’s Book prize 
Nominated Kassell Photobook Festival  

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
School of The Art Institute of Chicago 
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection 
Accession Number 108.43

Metropolitan Museum of Art NY
Thomas J. Watson Library Special Collections
Call Number N7433.4.R68 N68 2015  

The Museum of Modern Art, 
MOMA Library
Call Number  R68 A12n

The Brooklyn Museum
The Swarthmore College Libraries
The Boston Athenaeum Library

LECTURES
Nothing to undo
KHiO National Academy of the Arts Oslo
Guest Lecture and Facilitator of 5-day photobook publishing workshop with BA + MA students across the 3 pathways (Fine Arts, Design and Crafts)
Organised by Victoria Browne

REVIEWS
Meg Beaumont, nothing to undo 
Kaleid Editions
Sunday Reading #004 

Maria Jose Prada Rodriguez
El libro en abismo. Relaciones y transferencias
entre imagen y dispositivo en el libro de artista. 
Doctoral thesis. Programa de Doctorado en Arte Contemporaneo, Creacion e Investigacion
Facultad de Bellas Artes,  Universidad de Vigo

Maria Caudia Bada
To leave is a bit like dying
Comments on nothing to undo 

"a reflection on the process of migration, two migrants travelling in foreign country and the shift between two forms of essaying: textual and photographic and my attempt to reconcile these two languages, the written and the visual in the genre of the photo-essay. It is a book about distance, the condition of being far off, remote, and the visual structure of the book is made of distances: 
the space between countries, historical times, people, photo and text and the photographic fragments themselves."


Read review of 'nothing to undo' by Meg Beaumont here 

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contact

paula roush   :::   paularoush@gmail.com
msdm studio :::      msdm@msdm.org.uk