Moyra Davey - The Wet and The Dry (The Social Life of the Book)
The Social Life of the Book consists of a series of original texts by artists, writers, critics, designers, etc., published on a regular basis, dealing with the book, its uses and the social practices it entices. Each installment is the chapter of a book in progress, and takes the form of a 16 page saddle-stitched pamphlet. We're thinking about developing the circulation of the series on a subscription basis, but we'd also like to be able to distribute each issue in specific bookstores (at a retail price of 5€), where each booklet could find an audience. The series will be hand-bound annually, into a 192 page volume.
Moyra Davey (1958, Toronto) is and artist, a photographer and a writer, one of the founding members of the collectively run gallery Orchard (2005-2008). She notably published The Problem of Reading (Documents Books, 2003), and was the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood (Seven Stories Press, 2001). More recently, she dealt with Walter Benjamin’s correspondence and the presence of sculpted books in Parisian cemeteries in her 2009 video My necropolis, and used the form of the ‘air letter’ to circulate her photographs.
Edited by castillo/coralles.
Publishing structure and design by Will Holder
Publisher: Paraguay Press
Dimensions: 225 x 160 mm