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Lenz publishes books on contemporary art, photography, architecture and design.
Our imprint includes catalogues, monographs, theory and artist books.

Shahryar Nashat 17 Waves

Concept by Sabo Day, Shahryar Nashat and Kristian Vistrup Madsen
Edited by Francesca Benini and Gioia Dal Molin
Texts by Kristian Vistrup Madsen, Francesca Benini and Gioia Dal Molin
Design by Sabo Day

2024, English/Italian, softcover, 23.5 x 32 cm, 144 pages
ISBN 979-12-80579-47-8

Shahryar Nashat explores the space between the real, tangible object and the incorporeal—be it a sensation, an idea, or a virtual image. His art is never assertive. Neither is this book, published to accompany the artist’s new project for MASI Lugano and Istituto Svizzero in Rome. 
Fashioned as an instructional catalogue, instead of providing a key to interpreting the works, it leads the reader to a state of uncertainty and attraction, becoming an emotional composition. Following the artist’s plea to forego thorough rational understanding, the book acquires a rhythm of its own, which goes in and out of the body and amplifies feeling. Nashat inserts his art in the pages of this manual, strips it of its aura, flaunts its nature as an object and describes step-by-step how to create it. Here are 17 chances to get it.

Published with MASI Lugano and Istituto Svizzero, Rome/Milan/Palermo

Photos: Sabo Day

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