This evening will celebrate the craft of book arts by presenting Rhea Karam's most recent artist book Somewhere/Elsewhere (2023, published by Small Editions). There will be signed inserts available for each book purchased that evening. This is also a rare opportunity to view Karam’s Parallel Planes (2022), which was recently selected as one of MoMA's "Favorite Photobooks of 2022" but only exists in an edition of 10 and is no longer available for purchase.
Somewhere/Elsewhere is a continuation of the artist book Parallel Planes (Rhea Karam, 2022). It further explores the notion of lines and borders within the urban landscape. The unique structure of this book leads the viewer into a journey where they can navigate city streets through a series of photographs of textured architectural planes coexisting side by side. Each page acts like a layer that can be peeled back or overlapped, allowing the viewer to interact and construct their own visual landscape within an infinite amount of possible compositions. There is no specific direction or order in which the book should be viewed, drawing a parallel with the abstract notion of constructed identity and displacement.
We invite you to swing by McNally Jackson Seaport anytime between 7pm and 9pm to join us for a drink, signing, and a viewing of the book with the artist.
Rhea Karam (born 1982, Beirut) lives and works in New York. Karam’s work focuses on deconstructing the urban landscape with an emphasis on public walls and the role they play in our daily lives. The enriching dialogue created around and upon walls allow her to explore various themes such as history, displacement, identity, communication, architecture and the environment. Although mainly photographic, her practice also includes painting, silkscreen, street installations and a particular appreciation for creating unique, limited edition artist books. Her work is part of numerous institutions and libraries such as the Museum of Modern Art, Yale Haas Library, Harvard Fine Arts Library and the Center for Book Arts.