The City Is Ours #4: Torn Posters


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Ever notice how those eye-catching ads, posters, and flyers plastered all over our cities gradually transform as they’re torn down? What’s left is often an abstract image, inviting us to find our own meaning.

In the late 1940s, artists like Mimmo Rotella, Raymond Hains, and Jacques Villeglé recognized the potential in these fragments, revealing the beauty of ripped posters through their works.

But can we truly appreciate these unintentional expressions in our everyday streetscape? Can we uncover their hidden stories and artistic potentials?

Issue #4 includes documentation, ranging from the anatomy of torn posters to an overview of grain and removal techniques, with photo-documentation of faded, fragmented, ghosted and layered poster remnants. A section on interventions and interpretations follows, tracing torn posters migration from street to gallery; paper weavings; the transition from ads to art; poster painting; layered interactions; and more.

A series of tasks for the reader is also present, with prompts that extend the themes of the issue.

Designed by SerraGlia

Published by Other Editions, 2023
Printed in an edition of 300 copies

Softcover, 80 pages, 60+ full color images,

ISBN: 978-9-52-687849-2

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