Friday, November 24, 2023

Vito Acconci | Pulse (for my mother)

Vito Acconci 
Pulse (for my mother)
Paris, France: Multiplicata, 1973 
22 pp., 13.4 x 21 cm., softcover
Edition of 500 

Ten offset portraits of the artist's dying mother, accompanied by handwritten texts in English and third person translations in French. For example “I can’t stay with you, sometimes I have to leave you alone” becomes “À présent il dit qu’il ne peut plus rester avec elle, que parfois il doit la laisser seule.” Translated back into English, this reads: “Now he says he can’t stay with her anymore, that sometimes he has to leave her alone.” 

Available from Printed Matter, here, for $750 US. 

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