Moving Mountains - Jennifer Cunningham & Lab La Bla
The Moving Mountains book is a selection of material enquiries of the Swedish landscape, narrated through a series of texts, recipes and visual materials that ask how we can reconfigure and inform our understanding of the land that surrounds us.
The structure of Moving Mountains focuses on opposites: mining in the North and agriculture in the South, the Lapland fells and the Skåne plains, wanted and unwanted industrial materials, new and old approaches to the land. Photographs by Joshua Olley take the reader through portraits of Skåne, Halland, Uppland, Södermanland, Norrbotten and Lappland. Although the investigation was based in Sweden, the concept is reproducible, which comes across during collaborative moments in the book.
We asked 20 artists including Jess Gianelli, Amanda Lydért, Eric Hesselbo and Erik Thörnqvist to create artworks that answer how they would move a mountain closer to them. Texts from Scottish, Portuguese and East African authors also make the mountain more familiar through auto-fictional accounts of the Cairngorms, Rebecca Solnit’s concept of the blue of distance, and a sound mapping exercise. The book progresses through these different landscapes, its colour palette is taken from the materials we investigated and used within the project.
The design of the book by Kiosk Studio, directly responds to the content, meaning the narrative is as much a visual investigation as it is a text based one.
Parole Publishing, 2022
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