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Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture: First Six Exercises - Ian Whittlesea


Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture: First Six Exercises.
Artist book (19 x 13cm), 120pp, profusely illustrated and hand-sewn in a double spine binding. London: Open Editions, 2012

Founded by Dr. Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish in Chicago at the start of the 20th century, Mazdaznan was a religion and way of life. Dr. Ha’nish is claimed to have been variously a genius, a shepherd, a typesetter, a magician and a fraud, as well as friend and inspiration to a bewildering variety of figures including Karl Marx, Haeckel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, H.G. Wells, Annie Besant and J. H. Kellogg. The Swiss artist and teacher Johannes Itten was a devout Mazdaznan and its exercises were an essential part of his courses at the Bauhaus. Health & Breath Culture has been newly illustrated by Ian Whittlesea with drawings of art Foundation students demonstrating the exercises. Whittlesea’s illustrations are followed by a collection of found texts and images exploring the beliefs and history of Mazdaznan. Most of the small edition have a blue wrapper while this copy has the scarcer pale grey binding, produced as a trial for the unusual double spine.

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