Historia Artificial


By Joan Fontcuberta.

This book surveys a series of major multimedia works produced by renegade Spaniard Joan Fontcuberta—a conceptual artist whose scepticism of authority came of age during Franco’s dictatorship. His relationship with photographic “truth” is similarly fraught, his practice marked by falsified historical events, fabricated documentary photography and visual deception.

Historia Artificial places some of these most well-known bodies of work—including the infamous Fauna (1987)—alongside his more experimental floral photograms and domestic collages. Much like his approach to authority and physical evidence, Fontcuberta’s practice is destabilised through variety and contradiction. It is many things at once.

Publication Date: 1992
Publisher: Generalitat Valenciana

Details: Softcover with dust jacket. 215 pp.

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