ANDREAS GRIMM MUNCHEN is pleased to announce a new monograph by Paul Kennedy, published by Darling Publications in Cologne, as part of a series on emerging photographers edited by Andy Lim. The book is Kennedy’s first publication.
Titled "The end of the day", the 96-page, hardbound book features 31 color reproductions of Kennedy’s photographs made between 2004 and 2008 in his hometown, in northeast Tennessee. The pictures present a storyboard-like narrative, in which an 1856 house is salvage-demolished to make way for a hotel, which incorporates design elements from the house into its otherwise boxy, formulaic style—while, across town on another site, the old house is rebuilt as a pseudo-reproduction.
Twenty-one pages of documentary material collected and edited by the artist—including archival photographs and texts, architectural drawings, site maps, and recent advertising—further develop the story with supplemental information drawn from the 19th century to the present. The historical material gives an alternative version of the story that implicitly questions the photographs’ ostensible function as “documentary” evidence. As Berlin-based curator Rafael von Uslar writes, “The book presents itself as a kind of do-it-yourself kit for the visual detective.”
Von Uslar’s essay introduces the photographs and discusses them in relation to the problem of memorializing vanished places. In an interview, New York photo editor William Nabers and Kennedy discuss the project in the context of contemporary photography and art. And Nashville-based architectural historian Robbie D. Jones was specially commissioned by the artist to investigate the house’s architectural and social history, from its pre-Civil-War roots to its present hybrid form.
The book launch event will feature a slide-show conversation about the project between the artist and von Uslar, followed by a book-signing and reception.
We are pleased to announce an edition of 9 + 2 AP of the eleven works (not included in the book’s color plates) by Paul Kennedy on the occasion of the book presentation. (Single print: € 250, entire series: € 2.000)
Paul Kennedy (born 1971) received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. His work has been shown first at ANDREAS GRIMM MUNCHEN in a solo exhibition in 2005. Recently, he took part in CONVERSATIONS, a group exhibition at Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, curated by Billy Sullivan.
Paul Kennedy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
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