Five Books

Costanza Candeloro is one of the artists who will inaugurate the museum’s RETROFUTURE section this fall/winter season 2020 — 2021.


Superceding a simple love of books, below she treats us by sharing her top ten titles.

Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction, edited by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.
The book moves into a new dimension of literary theory, implicitly challenging the highest disposition of current critical theory: “the hermeneutics of suspicion.”

Black Athena. The Afro-Asiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, Martin Bernal.
Through a historiographic investigation, iconographic evidence, linguistic research the book de-constructs the Eurocentric myth of Greek civilization, itself influenced by the Afro-Asiatic civilizations.

Lilly Reich, Designer and Architect, by Mcquaid Matilda.
Lilly Reich was one of the first women to teach interior and furniture design at the Bauhaus and contributed to some of the most radical projects and interventions of the twentieth century. Little mentioned in architecture and design books, this book tries to piece together her mysterious traces.

Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, Radical Politics, Elizabeth Otto.
Art historian Elizabeth Otto traces unexpected trajectories around the life of the Bauhaus, adding more meaning and implications to its official history.

Mike Kelley Educational Complex Onwards 1995-2008, edited by Anne Pontegnie.
In Educational Complex the artist Mike Kelley generates a “total environment” which includes the entirety of the house and school facilities in which he grew up. The missing areas represent forgotten or repressed spaces which he considers places of institutional abuse. Trying to give form and representation to these removed memories the artist begins a cycle of works related to trauma and his own biography.

The Cipher, Kathe Koja.
The Cipher is the story of Nicholas and Nakota’s experiments with an uncontrollable living darkness.

Crash, James G. Ballard.
“A Startling, off-beat novel of erotic violence” says the subtitle of a ’74 edition.

Crimini di Pace, research on intellectuals and technicians as oppressionists, edited by Franco and Franca Basaglia, texts by F. Basaglia, F. Basaglia Ongaro, V. Dedijer, M. Foucault, R. Castel, R. Lourau, V. Accattatis, E. Wulff, N. Chomsky, R. Laing, E. Goffman, T. S. Szasz, S. Cohen, J. McKnight.
A multiform collection on the strategies of conservation of the Western social system through real institutionalized violence.

Carceral Capitalism, Jackie Wang.
A series of texts on the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory police, the political economy of taxes and fines, algorithmic police.