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JOAN FONTCUBERTA »TREPAT« – selected by THIMOTHY PRUS and XAVIER BARALL

»I love this book principally because it transcends its historical photobook format by using an enormous dose of irony. Part of its success rests with its nature of stopping just half a millimeter before the irony becomes over-bearing. It is based on the archive of the trepat engineering works that specialized in farm tools and agricultural engineering. The archive actually exists and has been well cared for over many decades. Fontcuberta has woven the images together with a story of how the founder was an aficionado of modernist photography. The founder Josep Trepat Galceran was supposedly a friend and supporter of modernist photographers such as Charles Sheeler, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Rodchenko. Using an elegant ruse, he never actually states that they were real friends, all is left to our human nature to assemble this message. Many of the illustrations, using photography and illustration, do recall the machine based aesthetics of these acknowledged masters. In many cases they are actually more interesting. The truth is of course that the images accidentally recall the works of modernist photography and bear witness to the inspiration this kind of typological image had on the mainstream modernist movement. Interwoven with the visual essay are images totally constructed by Fontcuberta. The physical make-up of the book and the printing are very standard, but that is exactly what one would expect from such a work. In the end I liked it for becoming part of the history of fake and humorous books. I am sure the attitude to photography encoded in its structure will provide numerous starting points for the work of other artists.«

THIMOTHY PRUS
CURATOR, ARCHIVE OF MODERN CONFLICT
LONDON


»I have chosen Joan Fontcuberta’s publication presenting the Trepat family’s photograph collection of agricultural machinery taken by great masters of the time, from Man Ray to Rodtchenko. The contextualisation of these photographs within the book gives an artistic dimension to this industrial imagery. The collection of photographs offers a poetic and surrealist approach to these agricultural machines, inviting us to take a fresh, playful look at common objects. This work concerns all artistic disciplines from photography to sculpture, and questions the medium itself. I am also interested in the fact that Joan Fontcuberta distorts his own book when he t ears some inside pages, thus creating a mise-en-abyme of the book .«

XAVIER BARALL
PUBLISHER, EDITIONS XAVIER BARRAL
PARIS

JOAN FONTCUBERTA
»TREPAT«
EDITED BY JOAN FONTCUBERTA
PUBLISHER: ÉDITIONS BESSARD, PARIS 2014
TEXT: JOAN FONTCUBERTA, SLAVOJ FRIED
DESIGN: BERENGUER BROTHERS
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
FORMAT: CLOTHBOUND WITH MOUNTED ILLUSTRATION (TRADE ED.) OR MOUNTED METAL OBJECT (SPECIAL ED.), 23.6 × 20.3 CM, 180 (TWO SHEETS TORN OUT)
REPRODUCTIONS: 146 (B/W AND COLOR) AND 2 ON THE ENDPAPERS
PRINT RUN: 350 TRADE EDITION, 350 SPECIAL EDITION
ISBN: 979-10-91406-24-6

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