Jurriaan Benschop: Salt in the Wound – Encountering Contemporary Artists across Europe
Publisher: Garret Publications
Design: Johanna Lundberg (cover), Emery Lane Norton
Translation: Susan Ridder
Salt in the Wound takes the reader on a journey through Europe, following different paths of 18 established and mid-career contemporary artists. What drives their work? How do cultural landscape, political climate, and other circumstances filter through it? By encountering the artists directly, through conversation and debate, the author delves into both local and global dimensions of the art world. Further reflection on various traditions and regions of the continent allow new perspectives to emerge that speak to the diversity of art across Europe.
At the heart of this book are the notions of origin and imagination. As the author reports, “I travelled and talked to people who are professionals of the imagination. I was curious to find out how they see the places they grew up in, how they see the one they ended up in, and how this affects the work they create. A travel book emerged – a collection of narrative essays exploring the continent – presenting motifs such as modernity, memory, abstraction and origin, as well as the specific interests of the artists.”
Jurriaan Benschop is a Dutch writer and curator. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2006. A critic for Artforum International, he has published in many magazines, books and exhibition catalogues. Recent exhibitions that he has curated in Berlin include As If, At Home (2016), Re: Imagining Europe (2017) and Content is a Glimpse (2018–19).
First published in Dutch 2016 by Van Oorschot Publishers under the title Zout in de Wond. Revised edition.