El Manual del Tractorista Arrepentido Solo booth curated by Adriano Pedrosa at Zona Maco, Mexico City with Alexander & Bonin, NY
What is the relation between these five books?
1 – “Manual del Tractorista”. V. Anojin y A. Sájarov, 1970. Pueblo y Educación, La Habana.
2 – “P.E. Guerin, Inc. Manufacter of Period Hardware”. And all forms of art metal work, 1914. NY.
3 – “John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 – 1963″. Urs Schwarz, 1964. Frankfurt.
4 – “American Case of Furniture”. Gerald W.R. Ward, 1988. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.
5 – “Girón: Una estocada a fondo”. 1976, Empresa de Medios de Propaganda, La Habana.
These five titles are the ones involved in “Manual del Tractorista Arrepentido”. Five titles that could have many ways to be connected to each other but what interested me the most about working with them wasn’t the idea of constructing any fictional nor veritable relation in-between them but the idea of opening, transforming and displaying these books in a way that no one ever thought about when they were written, designed, printed or read. Any of the “truths” printed in these five books has been transformed into a subjective matter, these five books are not in a coma any longer, now they are open and they have became something other than a book.
Diango Hernández, NY April 2009