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The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2018 - Volume 19

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For the 2018 edition of the Most Beautiful Swiss Book catalog, which presents the results of the annual competition that highlights the most beautiful Swiss books, the results were published as nineteen separate issues. Each issue was printed in a limited edition of 160 copies at Neidhart + Schön. 

The conceptual approach of this year's catalog explores the relationship of an original with its reproduction. Each volume reproduces the entire content of one of the awarded books. Across the nineteen editions, the books have been standardized in print, format, and paper, and each contains a second section that reports on the competition and winners.

The result is that each volume is also a facsimile – a model of the original.

Volume 19 replicates We say we are fine, They say we are not, designed by Denise Bertschi and Studio Martin Stoecklin. The title was self-published by Denise Bertschi.

“Slender yet densely packed with images, this 44-page publication presents items discovered during an artistic research project that investigated various relationships between Swiss people and the South African apartheid regime in the 1980s and 1990s. Advertisements and articles from the magazine of a Swiss social and sports club in Cape Town, printed on full pages and mostly collaged, offer insight into the activities and attitudes of the Swiss exile community.” 

With text contributions by Tan Wälchli and Joost Grootens.

Designed by Teo Schifferli

Published by Bundesamt Fur Kultur Bern

Softcover, pages variable, color and b&w, 8.25 × 11.75 inches

ISBN: 978-3-90-992852-1