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Union Editions - THE TELESCOPES

Pages torn from an imaginary sketchbook.
Beneath the waves of noise, within the swarm on the senses, visions held in absence presence.
Despite decades of magical acoustic evenings performed across the globe, this is the first release of this kind from The Telescopes.
A rare document of the songs behind the noise.
A penetrating glimpse into the eye of an all embracing maelstrom.
The Telescopes house has many rooms.
Absence Presence opens another doorway of perception into their highly influential level of artistry.

The first acoustic release by The Telescopes
Edition of 300 copies
180gr transparent vinyl
Executive producer: Chiara Pietropaoli

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B to B

Witty Books - Brenda Moreno

"It is a cyclical journey. I talk about my family and the one that biologically is not, but that I consider as such. I explore the roles we play in our emotional relationships, as well as the shelter and support we find in them.

I reflect on memory, the similarity in our patterns of behavior and what we reflect on the other. Also about the passage of time, the dreams and experiences that build our identity.

B to B began with a portrait of my grandfather that my grandmother kept in her wallet, whose dedication reads like this: "When you are sad, look at it and think that I am with you".

In that sense, the power that encloses an image to evoke memories allows me to explore my own identity.

And in this exploration the horse, which I consider to be a member of my family, serves as a bridge between the different characters in the project, ymbolizing the vital force between our unconscious desires that we master and our own human nature."

soft cover / 900 copies
Design by Paolo Berra
Pre-press by La Troupe
Text by Carmen Dalmau

88 p
170 × 215mm



Union Editions - G. CARPENTIERI

120 × 180 × 35mm
500 pages
Offset print
80gr uncoated paper
Perfect bound

700 × 1000mm
Double–sides poster



Humboldt Books - Louis De Belle

Cartographies is a photographic series that portrays details of the clothes of passers-by glimpsed along the streets of Manhattan. Folds, stains or little traces of clothing thus constitute impressions of everyday life, potential cartographies of everyone’s journeys. The book, devised in a newspaper format, is made up of twenty unstitched sheets held together with an elastic band, alternating original photographs with large, full-page details. The central spread features an index of the images organised by time of day. The subtitle New York, 10 am – 7 pm in fact references the time span in which the images were shot, underlining the repetitiveness of everyday actions. The photographic sequence is accompanied by a text written by Francesco Pacifico within a New York setting, laid out in text fragments alternating with the images.

Louis De Belle was born in Milan in 1988. He studied at the Politecnico di Milano (BA) and Bauhaus – Universität Weimar (MFA). His projects have been published by newspapers and websites including The Washington Post, Libération, WIRED and The Independent. He published Failed Dioramas (LUCIA Verlag, 2015), Besides Faith (2016) and Disappearing Objects (bruno, 2018). The series Cartographies was featured by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck in the 2017 edition of Bystander: A History of Street Photography and exhibited at KINDL Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

Francesco Pacifico was born in Rome in 1977. He is the author of the novels The Story of My Purity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), Class (Melville House Books, 2017, one of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017), and The Women I Love (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, coming out in 2021). His work has appeared in n+1, McSweeney’s and The White Review among other publications.

40 p
200 × 300mm


Campo di Marte

Humboldt Books - Nathalie Du Pasquier

Campo di Marte was devised in March 2020, at a time when Nathalie Du Pasquier was not painting. After cutting out photos of paintings produced between the 1980s and 2020, the French artist then placed them in a sequence as if they were a series of typefaces, focusing solely on their formal qualities and the scope for interpretation offered by their assembly. What comes out is an enchanting game of nonsense, an everyday surrealism in which the images make up sentences of sorts, interwoven with various elements taken from the world of books: titles, poems or mere calculations – times when the artist was lost for words. Campo di Marte will also be the name of an exhibition, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, due to be held at the MACRO in Rome at the end of 2020. As Du Pasquier states: “The book was supposed to come out at the same time as the exhibition opening. That won’t be the case, but it doesn’t matter as they really are two separate things. This paperback is not a catalogue at all: it’s something you can browse through even while sitting on the underground.”

144 p
125 × 185mm



Union Editions

CD + A2 Posters
80gr uncoated paper
Edition of 100

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ambookstore - GENDA

Softcover with dust jacket.
English & Chinese
December 2017
Edition of 1000

52 p
165 × 210 mm



ambookstore - GENDA

Softcover with dust jacket
English & Chinese
October 2019
Edition of 1000

136 p
165 × 210mm


Medieval Monster Hunter

Witty Books - Damien Kempf

I am a medieval monster hunter. I have been for many years now. It is weird job that consists in hunting down monsters in medieval art, and more particularly manuscripts.

The great majority of these books, which were written on parchment, were of religious nature (Bible, book of prayers, theological treatise etc.). In them you obviously find lots of depictions of Christ, the Virgin and saints. But the devil is never far; he often lurks in the corner of the image, ready to tempt or assault the good Christian – starting with Jesus, who had to resist the devil’s lures three times.

The devil is the prototype of monsters. He is THE monster. But there are plenty of others. They come in all shapes and sizes. They often combine human elements with animal parts. They were believed to inhabit the edges of the earth, inhospitable places where human presence is undesirable. These territories lay in the far east part of the world, where few had yet dared to venture. There lived strange creatures, with strange-sounding names, such as panotii, sciopods, blemmyae, or cynocephali. They already fascinated Ancient Romans and Greeks, but took on a new meaning with the advent of Christianity. They came to embody the barbaric, unchristian world that was still unaltered by civilisation. Half human half beast, these creatures bear the mark (the stigma) of their uncivilised nature, of their monstrosity: a monster is first and foremost a visual anomaly. [...].

Soft cover
First edition of 750 is sold out
Second edition of 1000 copies
Designed by Paolo Berra

120 p
100 × 150mm


Messico 1935 / 1956

Humboldt Books - Josef Albers

Josef and Anni Albers began their travels to Mexico in 1935, drawn to a country very unlike the United States. They were not in search of the exotic but rather of the traces of ancient pre-Colombian civilisations (the Mayans and the Aztecs) and testimonies of the everyday lives of a population that was very poor yet full of vitality. Dressed in dark colours and donning a large black hat, Albers was a non-professional photographer with the gaze of an architect, as may be noted from the great sense of composition and the search for geometries which he digs out even from the millenary archaeological findings. These photographs have never previously been published in Italy, and contribute to depicting the figure of one of the greatest innovators of the art and culture of the twentieth century, who to this day still has a lot to teach us. The volume also features an introduction by Brenda Danilowitz, curator and head of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, as well as an essay by Luca Galofaro, architect (LSGMA) and curator (CAMPO, Rome).

122 p + booklet
170 × 210mm



Union Editions - LUIGI AMATO

155 × 225 × 16mm
202 pages
80gr uncoated paper
Perfect bound
Edition of 100



Union Editions - PANORAM

Eleven excursions for reproducing pianos.
Recorded in Los Angeles (CA) on Yamaha DC7X pianos.
Vinyl 180gr, gatefold cover.
Edition of 300

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Piccola Russia

Witty Books - Andrea Alessandrini

They say that this place, where you're standing now, used to be under the sea. Then the water receded and left the clay behind. A mountain of clay. And there were sandy marshes, with plants and trees. A park overlooking the valley. Now the sky is black and the smoke from the kilns covers everything. Millions of bricks take shape. A hundred years ago the kiln workers' village grew up around the chimneys. This is Hell Valley. And this is my home.

Only one road leads here, and in such an isolated spot it’s difficult to believe that we are in Rome, the city that is growing using our bricks. But the dome of St Peter's is always there to remind us. You can see it from Mount Ciocci, and on summer nights it shines bright in the moonlight. Make a wish and throw a stone – if you hit it, your wish will come true.

Riccardo Veschi is not like the others. To his workers, he’s almost a father. Not one of the bosses, but a man worthy of respect. Like the work, which wears out your hands and sometimes leaves you breathless. Lenin, in one of his speeches, spoke about the valley as a model of communal life and called it ‘Little Russia’. But maybe that’s a myth. I can't really believe that Lenin, with everything he had to do...

Babies are born. They grow, hanging around their mother's necks, suckling milk and clay. It’s so hot near the kilns. I can still remember the smell, the rich sour taste in my mouth, and the sweat.

Then, one by one, the chimneys stop smoking. Many people leave. And one day the Council bulldozers arrive. My father shouts, then he weeps while the houses of the village come down as if they’re being bombed. In their place they give us new flats to rent, in the Council blocks. Someone calls them 'cardboard boxes', as if a box could have twelve stories. But I still have a brick from the room I was born in.

Less than 40 years have passed, and the bulldozers are back again, right in front of the church hall. This time it’s for the big new shopping centre: 15,600 square metres of glass, sliding doors, shelves. A hypermarket, 58 shops, 10 restaurants and a bookstore. There’s even a gym.

Today a wisp of smoke still rises from the heart of the old village. A bakery makes dozens of loaves of warm crusty bread. But fresh bread, as we all know, quickly becomes hard and inedible.

500 copies
Design by Antonio Xoubanova
Supported by D.O.O.R.

96 p
110 × 190mm


The Missing Eye

Witty Books - Mattia Parodi & Piergiorgio Sorgetti

Recent studies published by the Cognitive Brain Research have demonstrated, using instruments that measure dream activity, that people blind since birth dream in images. Several hypotheses suggest that these representations are a result of the collaboration between the activity of the visual cortex and the activity of other sensory organs, however it isn’t excluded that the human being has an innate visual memory, parallel and pre-existing to that which develops through the retinal system. Some images seem to be independent from the visual apparatus and even though they appear in dreams, it is still possible to see them.

With which eye do we perceive them?

The Missing Eye is a research that turns the photographic device to visual projections that aren’t deduced from our immediate experience of reality but are the result of the combination of different cognitive paths in which all senses participate in sight. The gaze dissolves itself and the eye becomes a changing object of our perceptions, an abstract organ capable of processing images beyond retinal impulses. The photographic gesture captures the visual mechanism and transcends it, bringing attention to the typical transfigurative mental visions of the dream, sunk in memory and relegated to the unconscious.

Soft cover / 500 copies
Text by Ginevra Shay
Design by Giovanni Murolo

136 p
245 × 310mm


Water Tanks

ambookstore - Filippo Romano

In 2011 Filippo Romano began photographing Nairobi’s Mathare slums, home to roughly half a million people. His fascination with the adaptation shown by its communities ranges from the nightlife and colourfully decorated motorbikes to water tanks as DIY infrastructure and trash pickers in Dandora, Nairobi’s main dumping site. Beginning where his first series on water tanks left off, this second installment covers five additional years of photographs of these large plastic reservoirs, which are frequently mounted atop concrete structures or metal frameworks for distribution. Romano’s project was part of the exhibition 'Made in Slums – Mathare Nairobi' at the Triennale Museum in Milan in 2013.

64 p


Together with Silvia Ponzoni, editor in chief of GENDA magazine, we warmly welcome the arrival of the representative works of Italian art publishing.

In the Art Book in Italy, a special exhibition in the 2021 abC Art Book Fair, 56 publications and magazines from 14 Italian cities are presented, including fields in design and fashion, illustration and comics, art creation and collection, documentary and experimental photography, private and news archives, history and contemporary research, etc. Together, it depicts a group image of the participants engaging in Italian cultural life.

● More books are available to buy at abC Art Book Fair Beijing (July 9th - 11th, Today Art Museum).