Counter_Readings of the body

© HKW / Spector Books / Olaf Nicolai

Publication series Das Neue Alphabet (The New Alphabet), Volume 3
Editor: Daniel Neugebauer
Publisher: Spector Books, Leipzig, 2021
80-100 pages, German and English edition
color illustrations, paperback with folded dust cover
ISBN DE: 978-3-95905-458-4
ISBN EN: 978-3-95905-459-1
Price: 10 €

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When the human gaze falls on a body, it constructs and deconstructs it. The setting for this is our daily life in all its different shapes and forms. The human body functions here as a semiotic system, an archive, a fiction, a projection screen, or an alphabet. The gaze that encounters it may manifest as an antagonist - be it incisive or flawed - yet it can itself disappear from view. The texts and images brought together in this volume seek to remove the body from the firing line and away from these judging and derogatory glances. They act as mirrors redirecting looks, points of view, and ideas to enable us to understand implicit and explicit processes of reading. With text contributions by Olympia Bukkakis, María do Mar Castro Varela, Sabine Mohamed, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Olave Nduwanje, Jules Sturm, photos by Julius Thissen and illustrations by Rain Demetri

Table of contents:

Daniel Neugebauer

Olave Nduwanje

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Literacy Embodied
Jules Sturm

A Case for the Abolition of Men
Olympia Bukkakis

Bodies on the Outside: Artistic Imagination in Afrofuturism
María do Mar Castro Varela, Sabine Mohamed