Photo: Printed Matter

City Grammar

Artist’s book (2010)
Nanna Debois Buhl & Liz Linden
English text
76 pages, 11.5×16.5 cm
Book design: MTWTF
Published by Revolver Publishing
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Taking New York City lives as starting points, the artists’ book City Grammar: Stormy Weather & Suitcase Wisdom develops the artists’ shared interest in mapping urban life by charting the city’s anonymous signs and personal signatures. These often-small details become synecdoches, standing in for the city at large, as it is determined by the artifacts of its emotional, economic and political lives. Suitcase Wisdom is poem about historical and contemporary travel, constructed from the brand names of inexpensive suitcases, while Stormy Weather wryly points to how wild fluctuations in the market during the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 was described in meteorological terms, despite the admittedly dubious reliability of weather prediction.

The book is available at the following locations:

Kunsthal Charlottenborg / Motto, Copenhagen
Den Frie – Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
Nikolaj – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen
Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö
Printed Matter, New York
International Center of Photography, New York