Places of a Present Past book release events

Places of a Present Past book release events

SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Aissa Deebi, The Trial, 2013. Two-channel video, 15 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
September 11, 2015
Places of a Present Past book release events

Official launch: September 18–20, 2015
New York Art Book Fair 
New York

September 18, 7:30pm
Wendy’s Subway 
722 Metropolitan Ave.

October 12 (details TBA)
Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

October 25 (details TBA)
Publication Studio Rotterdam
Het Nieuwe Instituut

Museumpark 25

Places of a Present Past, a new book edited by Noah Simblist, chair and associate professor of art at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, and produced by Publication Studio Hudson will have its official launch at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, September 18–20.

Places of a Present Past brings together three exhibitions presented at the Pollock Gallery at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2014. These exhibitions addressed the traces trauma left on particular sites, with specific focus on the colonial relationship between Japan and Korea in the first half of the 20th century, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and beyond. The artworks in the book are bound together by a historiographical impulse: the artists included are less interested in the truth than the way that people feel through the legacies of past traumas. They reveal the oblique ways that societies repress historical trauma, burying it in the very sites of their origin. Places of a Present Past is filled with an archaeological ethic, metaphorically digging down, both spatially and psychologically, into the depths of transnational grief.

The book represents the work of several video and new media artists working internationally: Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari, Dor Guez, Sarah Morris and Jin-me Yoon.

About Publication Studio: 
Publication Studio prints and binds books one at a time on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. Attending to the social life of the book, Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.

About Meadows School of the Arts
The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established in 1969 at SMU, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theatre. The goal of the Meadows School is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art entrepreneurship and social change.

Patrick Kiley: [email protected] / Noah Simblist: [email protected]


Publication from SMU Meadows School of the Arts examines transnational histories

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