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Softcover with vinyl jacket and USB-stick with audio recording

Publisher Note

It Needed to be Tender and to be Whipped is a collection of the essential writings by artist Julie Béna from 2012 up to the present day.
Béna's practice mostly enfolds in performance and sculpture. However, this collection of poems, essays, film and theater scripts wind around her visual art work. The reader navigates through these various forms, and finds them situated against the different places where Béna wrote them, bearing witness to the inspiration that each locale offers Béna's multi-layered experience. The scope of expression found in Béna's use of language demonstrates how relationships form between an artist’s writing and their other practices.
In It Needed to Be Tender and to Be Whipped, one is exposed to Béna’s view on every- day situations, a view filled with wonder and thus perceptive of the mystery in small things. Narrations escape into the irrational and surreal. A love affair is just as wonderful as a stranger eating an apple.
Since most texts are intended to be performed or read aloud, the publication is accompanied by an audio recording of the works on a USB key.

Artists’ Book

It Needed to be Tender and to be Whipped

by Julie Béna

Release Place London, United Kingdom
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2017
Author: Julie Béna
Designer: Max Prediger
text: Flora Katz,
text: Heidi Robben,
Artist: Julie Béna
Original Price 25.00 GBP
Style/Movement Artist's Writing
Topics Performance, Poetry
Methods Writing
Work Creation Date 2017
Format soft cover
Binding stitch binding
Dimensions 16.5 × 24.0 cm
Pages 272
Material vinyl
Exterior Notes vinyl jacket