Migration As Avant-Garde, My Friends Got Famous, Best Friends / Social Fabric

New publications at Kettler

Author: Julia Kahl

Especially in times of Instagram, Behance and Co., photo and art publications have more justification than ever before—to look at a picture in peace and to be drawn into an entire world of images by scrolling is simply wonderful. The Kettler publishing house has published two wonderful books and a postcard edition that are sometimes very personal, sometimes socially critical, sometimes funny, always inspiring to participate in the current, social discourse.

Migration As Avant-Garde by Michael Danner delivers a moving, critical, and thought-provoking contribution to the current public debate. He skillfully deploys a variety of elements and combines his own photos and texts with historic images. The result is a consistent but multifaceted narrative, which is frequently deconstructed both in terms of design and content.

Photography: Michael Danner
Volume: 120 Seiten
Size: 20,7 × 31 cm
Format: Hardcover
Release: November 2018
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-86206-718-3
Price: € 45,–
Awarded with Dummy Award 2018

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If you like German rock music, you have definitely heard of the successful Cologne-based band AnnenMayKantereit. But what if they used to be your unknown, dear friends? From the very beginning, Martin Lamberty has been their photographer. He has been traveling with his old friends from school around Europe ever since. His pictures tell the story of how the young musicians started their careers by performing on the streets of Cologne right up to the development of their current album “Schlagschatten”.

Lamberty has provided a chronicle of the concerts, of the band’s life on tour, and their studio recording sessions. But his shots are far more than just classic band photos. As their friend, he is always a part of what is happening and gets to capture private moments behind the scenes, ranging from the miserably long journeys on the tour bus and the lonely hours in anonymous hotels to the band’s vacations together.

Photography: Martin Lamberty
Volume: 96 Seiten
Soue: 18 × 22 cm
Format: Hardcover
Release: Januar 2019
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-86206-737-4
Price: € 28,–

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This book focuses on two series of works by the artist Nevin Aladağ that explore issues of self-determination, identity, and community in society and culture. For her series Social Fabric (2017–2018), Aladağ cut out pieces of different carpets with characteristic patterns representing distinct cultural identities and combined them into new, unifying pictures. Her photo series entitled Best Friends (2012–2018) presents snapshots of friends who Aladağ met randomly while walking the streets of Dortmund, Berlin, Basle, Los Angeles, Mons, and Hanover.

Remarkably similar in appearance, body language, and manner of dress, the friends portrayed almost seem to merge into one person, contrasting with our desire to set ourselves apart as individuals.

Artist: Nevin Aladağ
Publisher: Christina Vegh für die Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
Volume: 22 pages
Size: 11 × 16,5 cm
Format: Postkartenbuch
Release: November 2018
Language: German, English
ISBN: 978-3-86206-726-8
Price: € 20,–

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