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A guide to trees for governors and gardeners / Yto Barrada.

Author/Creator:
Barrada, Yto, 1971-
Publication:
[Berlin] : Deutsche+Guggenheim, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
122 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm. + 1 sheet (41 x 30 cm. folded to 21 x 15 cm.)
Subjects:
Artists Books.
Visits of state -- Planning -- Humor.
City planning -- Humor.
Tangier (Morocco) -- Pictorial works.
Place of Publication:
Germany Berlin.
Summary:
"In the satirical tradition of Jonathan Swift, and riffing on Brion Gysin's Dream Machine, Yto Barrada's artist book is a guide humbly submitted by an anonymous bureaucrat describing how to prepare an unnamed city for a visit by a high-ranking diplomatic official. The manual consists of illustrated instructions, graphs, charts, collages, and photographs, and promises to 'reveal for the first time ... a radical innovation' in the method of placing palm trees along the visitor's route. Seemingly reasonable at first, these directives - on repainting sidewalks, making cardboard spectators and arranging palm trees to 'induce a state of euphoria' in the visitor - begin to suggest something amiss behind the patriotic Potemkin facades."--Publisher's website.
Contents:
Timeline
Painting & cleaning
Fruits, flowers & weeds
Flags & music
Charts & graphs
The spectator
Traffic islands
Palm trees
Index
List of works.
Notes:
Issued in slipcase.
Limited, numbered, and signed ed. of 350 copies.
"Preparing the city for an official visit ranks among a governor's most important and imposing duties. This guide is humbly submitted by a concerned citizen to help governors and their gardeners create a spectacular welcome, and is illustrated with collages, charts, and photographs. It also proposes a radical innovation regarding the placement and spacing of trees along the route."--P. [4] of cover.
Signed print loosely inserted.
Includes index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
Penn Libraries Rare Books has copy 56 of 350..
Penn Chronology:
2011
Contributor:
Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.
Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
OCLC:
785809918
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