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Image courtesy of Marisa J. Futernick

13 Presidents: Election Night Special

8 Nov 2016

On the night of the US Presidential election, this event will celebrate the launch of Marisa J. Futernick’s publication 13 Presidents. The event will include readings by Futernick, and a discussion with Ghislaine Leung and Khloe Sjogren-Cath on ideas of failure and absurdity in relation to the American dream, society’s fascination with authority figures, and the ways in which their identities are constructed. The speakers will consider fiction as a strategy across writing, curating and contemporary art.

13 Presidents is an artist’s book that combines photographs from Futernick’s journey across America to visit all thirteen of the nation’s Presidential libraries with a suite of short stories. Mixing fact and fiction, each President from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush is a protagonist in this collection of unexpected portraits. The photographs, shot on analogue film, depict the everyday details of the towns that these men are from, including the homes where they were born, and their final resting places. 13 Presidents weaves together personal narrative with wider cultural observation, forming a vision of America that is both invented and true.

Artist biographies

  • Marisa J. Futernick

    Marisa J. Futernick is an American artist and writer based in London. She attended Yale University; Goldsmiths College; and the Royal Academy Schools, London. Futernick has published several books, including How I Taught Umberto Eco to Love the Bomb (RA Editions and California Fever Press, 2015) and The Watergate Complex (Rice + Toye, 2015). She has exhibited widely, at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Jerwood Space, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; and Yale University.

  • Ghislaine Leung

    Artist and writer Ghislaine Leung lives and works in London and Brussels. Recent projects include 078746844 at Wiels, Brussels; Soft Open Shut at Studio Voltaire; Le Bourgeois at 3236rls, Re: Re:, Montague, Brink at CGP London; Violent Incident at Vleeshal, Middelburg; Prosu(u)mer, EKKM, Tallinn; Performance Capture, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and A Bright Night with Serpentine Galleries and LUX. Recent writings have appeared in LA.NL (Amsterdam) and Pure Fiction's Dysfiction (Frankfurt). Leung teaches on the MFA Programme at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, is editor of Versuch Press and member of PUBLIKATIONEN + EDITIONEN. She was resident at Hospitalfield Summer 2016 and has a forthcoming solo project at Cell Project Space, London in 2017.

  • Khloe Sjogren-Cath

    Khloe Sjogren-Cath is a London-based artist, born in Portland, Oregon. She is one half of the collaborative duo Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cath. Sjogren-Cath attended San Francisco State University and completed a MFA from Goldsmiths in 2013. She has previously shown works with Emalin (Honeymoon in Pickle Paradise, Athena Papadopoulos), Catlin (Prize Finalist), Norrlands Operans Gallery for Contemporary Art (Utställing II), Sugar City Haarlemmerstraatweg (400 Women) and recently presented a solo exhibition with Almanac Projects (Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cath and Lovers).

13 Presidents is published by Slimvolume (UK) on 1 September 2016, and distributed by Cornerhouse Publications.

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