Michael Ashkin – Were It Not For
American artist Michael Ashkin works across a range of media: painting, photography, video, sculpture, and text. Uniting these diverse practices is a conceptual focus on the way that notions of spaces and place, landscape and self are shaped by wider political and economic forces. The photographs in this series were all shot in the Mojave Desert and are joined in this publication with a textual work. The combination creates a powerful sense of unease throughout the document, one that explores the idea of fear and haunting as an effect of the violent legacies contained within the landscape, as well as a function of the technologies that we use to represent it.
256 pages, 22 x 28 cm, paperback, Fw: Books (Amsterdam).