As the title of Kovi Konowiecki’s debut monograph – and in its place, another – reminds us, we are always and forever subject to the twin certitudes of transience and change. As is the artist, who has moved back and forth between California, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East.
Publisher: Deadbeat Club
Here we are confronted with the geographical and emotional margins of society and the mind: the external and internal boundaries that inhibit both human movement and human potential. The photographs portray individuals and communities that exist in a liminal space between belonging and abandonment, many of which exert feelings of desolation.
But what might seem on the surface political is made intensely personal through Konowiecki’s purposeful reliance on emotional connections in the pictures rather than specific relationships of place or subject. As he says, this work comes as a “happy accident, inspired by the frequent travels that nourished a sharp eye for the liminal types of communities to which I am drawn: people I have met in my wanderings, passersby in the street, a horse trained in a small Arab village, and untended gardens.”
By The Way
Book Specs: And In Its Place, Another by Kovi Konowiecki published by Deadbeat Club 2021 | 144 Pages | Hardcover | Full Color Offset | 9” x 11.25” | Edition of 750 | ISBN: 978-0-9998298-8-2. Available here.
Kovi Konowiecki (b. 1992) is based between Long Beach, CA and Mexico City. Books: Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack. Handmade Postcard Box Set. Mula Press. 2018 | Cherry Ave. Paper Journal Annual. 2019 | And In Its Place, Another. Deadbeat Club Press. 2021.
Deadbeat Club is an independent publishing group & coffee roaster located in Los Angeles.