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STRAIT - Martine Syms

The title STRAIT of this artist book by Martine Syms evokes ideas of constriction and limitation like that of a straitjacket, yet is not dissimilar from the term ‘straight’ used to describe heterosexuality. The ambiguity of this title follows on through the contents of the publication that includes a detached paper booklet of a series of diary extracts written on 04/20 dating back to 2011. The blue embossed publication presents a selection of photography from inside a now defunct Detroit record store; close-ups of record covers, group portraits and pot plants capture a grainy collaged memory of the life once lived in this black-owned American business.

Études Books, 2021
Hardcover, 48pp
240 x 170mm

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