On Thursday May 17, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart celebrates the launch of Ellen Cantor, A history of the world as it has become known to me, followed by a release event at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin on 6 June 2018. The book follows a long-running engagement with the practice of Cantor, and brings together archival material and texts alongside newly commissioned writings:
Editors: Lia Gangitano, Fatima Hellberg and Jamie Stevens
Contributors: Dodie Bellamy, Jonathan Berger, John Brattin, Ellen Cantor, Lia Gangitano, Cy Gavin, Jospeh Grigely, Clara López Menéndez and John Maybury
This book is concerned with, and a document of Cantor’s work through the lens of Pinochet Porn (2008–16) and its making – an epic experimental film embodying, and radically extending her multifaceted artistic practice. Taking the form of an episodic narrative about five children growing up under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and shot between her dual hometowns of London and New York, history is observed through Cantor’s fictive speculations on private experience within a totalizing political order. A history of the world as it has become known to me brings together writings and archival materials of Cantor including a reproduction in full of her drawing-based script Circus Lives from Hell (2004), alongside contributions by writers, artists, collaborators and friends reflecting on Cantor’s practice, Pinochet Porn and a singularly transgressive vision: explicitly feminist, remorselessly emotional, dramatic in tone, and, as Cantor herself liked to put it, adult in subject matter.
Published by Sternberg Press, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and PARTICIPANT INC.
Design: Pedro Cid Proença
Copyediting: Ben Caton
Translation: Robert Schlicht
Copyediting, German: Gitte Lindmaier
Upcoming launch: 6 June 2018
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
Schöneberger Ufer 61
Realised with the support of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the City of Stuttgart, Wüstenrot Foundation, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg (MWK), and Valeria Napoleone.