To Petrarca is a book and CD set, consisting of a sound diary, an original sound piece culled from Jonas Mekas’ personal archives, originally broadcast on radio France Culture on June 29th, 2003. It is expanded in the accompanying book by his personal drawings, photos and correspondence
- In this work, Jonas Mekas offers us images and sounds following a structure similar to his pioneering film diaries. To Petrarca works as a sound diary with images and sounds following a structure similar to Mekas‘ pioneering film diaries. Originally broadcast on French radio, this original sound piece culled from the artist’ personal archives
- The accompanying book expends it with personal drawings, photos and correspondence
Born in Semeniškiai (Lithuania), Jonas Mekas (1922-2019) bought his first Bolex camera on his arrival in New York in 1949 and began to record moments of daily life. He was the village voice columnist for the Movie Journal. He set up and was the editor of Film Culture magazine with his brother Adolfas, and founded the Film-Makers’ Cooperative and Anthology Film Archives. His work later inspired many artists and filmmakers, such as Jim Jarmush, Martin Scorsese, who recognised his influence. Mekas‘s films and archive material have been exhibited extensively throughout the world: Documenta 11; the Venice Biennale 2005; MoMA PS1, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Baltic Art Center, Visby; the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, etc.
Published: December 2015
Size (cm): 15 x 20 x 0.8
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