Missbehave: Simona Rota.
Vibok Works, 2013.
Limited series of 100 numbered copies,
signed by Simona Rota.
Authors: Simona Rota, Agustín
Editor: Paula V. Álvarez
Photos of the book: Simona Rota.
The book Missbehave brings to light the underground ties between Big Exit and Ostalgia series by artist and photographer Simona Rota. Despite their contrast and differences, both works share the same concern about the possibility of individual freedom within the environments we inhabit, and how they subtly affect and condition our behaviour.
Along with the series, Missbehave includes the short story ‘So it Goes with Dogs’ by author Agustín Fernández Mallo, the texts ‘Ostalgia’ and ‘Apartment' by by Simona Rota, and ‘Intâmplare’, a non-linear text being based on an interview I made with the artist.
Instead of setting against the juxtaposed series, the edition synchronizes the original pieces. Along with rhythm, mood and atmosphere, spatial transitions, density and multiple reflexes are some other elements that we manipulated to enhance the dealings between both series.
can be read as a crossover of two photographic series and also a mashup of texts and images. I like to think of this book as a landscape that the reader can cross more than once, finding in each passage unexpected relations and new details.
Check out a video about the editing work and a link to the purchase page.