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Rosefeldt, Julian (Photographer/Author); Thorp, David; Grisoni, Tony, Perceval, Luk & Others. ASYLUM. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 148 pages. Fine. Slight wrinkle on corner of back board .

Exhibition monograph. One of the most important photography books of the decade. A brilliant production by Julian Rosefeldt: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Julian Rosefeldt. Essays by various contributors. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. In bright red wraparound bellyband DJ with white titles on the cover, as issued. Published on the occasion of the installation/exhibition of the same name that was shown in various venues in the United Kingdom in 2002. "Indian flower sellers, Turkish trash collectors, Chinese cooks, and prostitutes in Thailand. Munich-born artist/photographer Julian Rosefeldt confronts the viewers with stereotypical views of foreigners and ethnic minorities. In his seductively opulent tableaux-vivants, he exaggerates and parodies popular conceptions about roles and professions while embedding his protagonists in strangely surreal scenes and ritual contexts. This publication features photographs taken during the shooting of the video, film stills from Rosefeldt's nine 'Asylum' films, essays, and an Interview with the artist" (Publisher's blurb). Surely Rosefeldt is keenly aware of the harrowing suffering that photographers like Sebastiao Salgado and Fazal Sheikh have made it their life-work to commit for posterity. Not a single photograph in his collection, most of which are presented as doublespreads, shows "suffering". In fact, they show the refugees as normal and happy people: Praying, dancing, singing, hustling, having parties, vacationing, and yes, working very hard yet apparently enjoying it. Rosefeldt's point is simple and complex at the same time: There is no question that refugees are stateless, displaced peoples, with none of the legal rights that citizens have and take for granted. Still, after the initial trauma and shock, they adapt to their new, strange, often hostile environments, and get on with their lives. What mystifies and confuses their host-nations is precisely their resilience: Refugees are hopeful survivors, not hopeless dependents. They remind us that you cannot survive if all you try to do is survive. The only way every human being can survive is to live, and this is one of the reasons citizens develop ambivalent if not downright negative attitudes about them. Still, as the great American novelist John Irving once suggested, "we are all refugees, we are all terminal cases". Those who think otherwise are the ones living in some Hollywood fantasy rather than reality. A truly remarkable book, it eerily anticipates "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), about Indians who are exiles in their own land, the first great global film of the 21st century. Rosefeldt shows that "home" is the fantasy and exile is the real condition and destiny of humanity. A "must-have" title for Julian Rosefeldt and photography book collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black marker in front, on the bellyband DJ itself, by Julian Rosefeldt. This title is now very highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the finest living German artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 3775715126. $150.00

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