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MICHAEL WOLF – HONG KONG BACK ALLEY
+ PEPERONI BOOKS POP-UP STORE
from June 24th – through July 20th, 2016
What is a pop-up store. Pop-up stores aim at highlighting the work of publishers that we believe are particularly significant and at underlining the positive relationship between an artist and his imprint, showing his work exhibited on the wall and published in the book. They are an opportunity meeting both the publisher and the artist.
On the gallery walls we exhibit a selection from Hong Kong Back Alley by Michael Wolf, a series showing a different, underground map of Hong Kong and its vernacular culture through alleyways and backyards, along with a selection of images of Hong Kong’s tall buildings as architectural patterns.
Alleys are examples of how locals get clever with maximizing the use of space in a fast-growing city. As seen in Wolf’s photographs, they remind of Surrealist art movement.
The focus of the artist’s work is life in mega cities. Many of his projects document the architecture as well as the vernacular culture of metropolises. Wolf grew up in Canada, Europe and the United States, studying at UC Berkeley and at the Folkwang School with Otto Steinert in Essen, Germany. He moved to Hong Kong in 1994 and has been focusing on his own projects since 2001. He published over 20 books – most of them with the imprint founded by Hannes Wanderer.
His work has been exhibited in numerous locations – including the Venice Bienniale for Architecture – and is held in many permanent collections, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has won first prize in the World Press Photo Award Competition on two occasions (2005 & 2010) and an honorable mention (2011). In 2010, Wolf was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet photography prize.
On the tables we exhibit a selection from Peperoni Books’ catalogue, a passionate Berlin-based imprint founded and directed since 2004 by Hannes Wanderer. Born to parents who owned a printing company, he is a publisher, a bookseller, a blogger (25 books) and a teacher, Wanderer produces individually designed books – always with a topic – whether artistic, documentary, poetic, serial, without words or with extended text records by assorted writers.
Among Italian authors, he has published Tangenziale by Alessandro Pardi and the upcoming book by Ilaria Turba.
The pop-up store also means education. We offer the possibility of joining a two-days workshop with both the artist and the publisher, in a small group. Read about the workshop here.