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HELLO CHARLOTTENBURG

Two years after photography centre c/o Berlin had to close their doors in Mitte, they are finally opening new doors this evening in a very stylish location indeed, the historic Amerika Haus just around the corner of Berlin Zoo. Launching with a bank with shows by Magnum and Will McBride, we can only say congratulations, and welcome back – we missed you!

IN CHINATOWN, LOS ANGELES

THE FLOWER EXCHANGE

“What is the real value of flowers? It seems impossible to equate the amount of time and effort, art and love involved in growing them. And why should we? Flowers are about beauty and joy and colour and emotion. Money can’t buy that. We want to create community, share abundance and make conversation instead. So from now on we only exchange our flowers for something other than money.” Follow more of The Flower Exchange blog here!

MONO.KLUB #44: A DIALOGUE ON PRINT

Dear Friends,

as a little warm-up for Saturday’s grand opening of our first ever retrospective exhibition in the sunny lands of Los Angeles, we will host an informal evening talk on the rooftop terrace of the totally awesome Ace Hotel. To spice things up a little, we invited what we consider our LA equivalent in independent publishing spirit, namely our dear friend Aaron Rose, editor-in-chief of renowned ANP Quarterly. Call it Los Angeles versus Berlin, oversized versus small format, sponsored versus struggling – but really, we have so much in common.

Two is company, but three is a crowd, so if in LA, please drop by, bring your friends, and join us. The talk is free, the view off the rooftop terrace spectacular and the drinks even more so.

We look forward to seeing you there,
mono.kultur

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mono.kultur x ANP Quarterly : A Dialogue on Print
Aaron Rose / ANP Quarterly talks to Kai von Rabenau / mono.kultur
Thursday, October 30th, 7pm – 9pm

Upstairs at The Ace Hotel DTLA
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
USA

A Project by Georgiev & Trinder Curatorial

MONO.POSITIONEN #08: DIALOGUES IN PRINT

Dear Friends,

we are pleased to announce our first ever retrospective exhibition of sorts, on the funky Chinatown premises of Kessels Kramer Gallery Los Angeles, in collaboration with Georgiev & Trinder Curatorial, to open this Saturday, November 1st. As we are approaching our first decade with our adventure called mono.kultur, we embraced the invitation as a great opportunity to share some of the ups and downs of independent publishing.

We treat every issue of mono.kultur as a portrait of a given artist, expressed in that careful balance of words, images and design. And whilst every good portrait should be primarily about the portrayed and not about the creator, this exhibition, for once, reveals some of the ideas and efforts that constitute our ongoing dialogue in print. On display will be selected examples of our experiments in pushing the boundaries of what a magazine can be, and how content, design and production interact to form an ever-changing, meaningful dialogue. The space will also have a large reading table with all 37 issues to date on display.

If in Los Angeles, please say hello at the opening, or drop by at any other time. We look forward to seeing you there.

Kindly,
mono.kultur

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mono.kultur : Dialogues in Print
A Retrospective Exhibition & Reading Room

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1st, 7pm – 10pm
November 01-29, 2014
Opening Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm

Kessels Kramer Gallery Los Angeles
963 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
USA

A Project by Georgiev & Trinder Curatorial

The Breezeway

While Mr. D. Shrigley has been busy making tunes recently, November also sees the return of the mighty Shabazz… (Berghain Kantine, Nov. 14), and by the way: the new video to “Motion Sickness” is epic indeed.

THE ART OF SURREAL FASHION

Taken from the Autumn/Winter issue of Dazed & Confused:

If Sigmund Freud were to pen his 1919 essay The Uncanny today there’s a good chance that Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s cult magazine Toilet Paper would appear as an example of something that is simultaneously familiar yet alien. Strange and ambiguous to its core, it bends normality in images that take you on a twisted trip through eerily ordinary dream-nightmare scenarios, each jolly-coloured scene creating a sense of “familiarity and disgust”. Everywhere, gleeful perversion lurks just beneath the surface. “Perversion is an almost imperceptible deviance from what is considered normal. It provides a slightly shameful, totally guilty pleasure, which is the most delightful kind. Perversion is the tribute we pay to hidden enjoyments. It’s our weapon against boredom,” say Cattelan and Ferrari. (Susanne Madsen)

For Dazed & Confused, the duo uses the AW14 collection by Yohji Yamamoto to create a fetishistic setting, where S&M meets manga cartoons…

Concept and images TOILETPAPER : Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari; styling Robbie Spencer; all clothes and accessories by Yohji Yamamoto.

DARK NIGHT POEM

by Paul Celan, beloved poet of the dark.
Translation by Michael Hamburger.

MONO.KULTUR #37: JAMES NACHTWEY

Dear Friends,

our new issue with the legendary war photographer James Nachtwey has been a long time in the making – two and a half years in fact – but as it happens, it could not have been released at a more relevant moment, with a new wave of terror in form of the IS shaking up the Middle East, frontlines between Russia and the West hardening, and Ebola wreaking havoc in West Africa. All of which are themes of the kind that Nachtwey has dedicated his life to for more than 30 years.

Inspired by the press images from the Vietnam War that told a very different story to the official government statements, James Nachtwey found his calling that he would pursue with determination and compassion that are admirable: to document the effects of war, terror and disease. In the hope of raising awareness and inspiring intervention and change, his photographs are neither easy to look at nor easy to forget.

Having witnessed and reported on the defining conflicts and tragedies of the past three decades – from the revolutions of South America and Eastern Europe to the famines in Africa, from 9/11 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – Nachtwey’s photographs focus on the costs of war: the suffering of civilians, the damage and the scars.

There is no doubt that Nachtwey’s images are a challenge – to the powers that be by proposing an unflinching look at the reality on the ground, at the effects of politics on human lives, but also to us as their audience, by questioning our implication and, quite simply, by opening our eyes to the world.

In a rare and frank interview with mono.kultur, James Nachtwey talked about his struggles with photography, the different realities of war, and why images have the power to create change.

Graphically, the issue is at its most reduced, giving ample space to let words and images unfold: coming in two separate booklets, it presents a personal and uncommented selection of James Nachtwey’s work in one, and a highly intriguing and challenging conversation in the other.

As usual, the issue is available through our online store mono.konsum, and at the trusted book dealer of your choice very soon indeed. Suffice to say that it is an issue that we are particularly proud of.

Enjoy and all our best,
mono.kultur

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mono.kultur #37
JAMES NACHTWEY: SHARDS OF TIME
“To turn our backs is a form of acceptance.”

Autumn 2014 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 52 Pages
Introduction & Interview by Kai von Rabenau
Photography by James Nachtwey
Portrait by Antonin Kratochvil / VII
Design by Edwin van Gelder / Mainstudio