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Tiffany Sia Too Salty Too Wet 更咸更濕 2021 Speculative Place Hong Kong $38

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An oral history of tears, geography and necromancy in and outside of Hong Kong. Too Salty Too Wet 更咸更濕 is a hellish scroll that attempts to catch up to the frontlines of history. Inspired by thread-bound books of martial arts secrets, this is a bastard text and an assemblage of lyric that confronts news addiction, performs an exercise of breath and optical training, and holds light to occult unrest. How must we summon the invisible?

– Speculative Place Press

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves Of Forests and of Farms: On Faculty and Failure 2020 Ugly Duckling Presse New York $12

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What do plants want, and where within our bodies might we know it? Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves’s bibliomantic excursion unearths pastoral metaphor in books she used to inspire, direct, and reflect upon her performance “unschoolMFA” (2012-2015). If you see me, and I am glowing, it is because I did not let my first teachers kill me. An ouroboric Blackness traverses a settler fantasy of The Cultivated Wild. A fable of fruit trees and alphabets to feed a wilderness that refuses its name. Take good care / to shape with language / worlds that want to hold us all.

The Artists Space Bookstore (2012 – 2018) at 55 Walker Street was comprised of publications selected by more than one hundred artists, writers and thinkers, each asked to select up to ten titles. In its diversity, the inventory plots the depth of knowledge that influences contemporary art production and ideas. To commemorate this project, the bookstore inventory is published below.

55 Walker Street Bookstore Guide

A photo of the bookstore at 55 Walker Street - the front half is a bookstore, while the back half is an empty exhibition/performance space. Both have white walls and a light wood floor. They are divided by a temporary wall with a large doorway, which leaves a large gap between the top of the temporary wall and the ceiling. The back half is empty, with windows letting in light on the furthest wall. The front half has bookshelves adorning the walls, with a lower shelf to keep some books on display. A red pipe runs floor-to-ceiling between two columns of shelves.
Bookstore at 55 Walker Street. [A photo of the bookstore at 55 Walker Street - the front half is a bookstore, while the back half is an empty exhibition/performance space. Both have white walls and a light wood floor. They are divided by a temporary wall with a large doorway, which leaves a large gap between the top of the temporary wall and the ceiling. The back half is empty, with windows letting in light on the furthest wall. The front half has bookshelves adorning the walls, with a lower shelf to keep some books on display. A red pipe runs floor-to-ceiling between two columns of shelves.]