The catalogue for Alia Ali: Project Series 53 presents three bodies of recent work by Yemeni-Bosnian-US artist, Alia Ali. Her work explores themes of diaspora, migration, and identity through the lens of Afro- and Yemeni Futurism. Informed by the artist’s own transnational and multilingual upbringing, these works use visual language to create a new lexicon unfettered from the colonial violence inherent to language.
Using layering, full bleeds, multiple trim sizes, and extreme paper changes, the structure of this book creates a dynamic relationship between image, word, movement, and sequence that is experienced simultaneously. The three works are placed in relationship to one another in a unique binding that joins the back covers through a W-fold. The volumes meet in the middle, turning the axis of the book so that it can be read both left-to-right and right-to-left, embracing the multiplicity of Ali’s work.
On the cover is an array of symbols—a fabricated language created by the artist— that are redrawn and reproduced in a dizzying holofoil on a transparent neon dust jacket. Peering through the jacket, the cover reveals a pixelated glitch from one of Ali’s films, highlighting an in-between moment, a fracture of language, a broken system of codes. Without a doubt these distinct elements cohere into a material experience for the reader where she is invited to enter and teeter on the edge of language and power.
Trim Size: 6.25" x 8.5"
Number of Pages: 124
Binding Method: Two saddle stitched booklets joined by aW-fold, wrapped in transparent jacket
Paper: Astrobrights 60t, Cougar 130c, GMUND Transparent 100gsm, and Neenah superfine Eggshell 80t
Typefaces: Akkurat and Graphik
Creative Director: Kimberly Varella
Art Director: Kimberly Varella
Book Designer: Kimberly Varella
Jacket/Cover Designer: Kimberly Varella
Photographer: Interior: Various; Book documentation: Ian Byers-Gamber
Production Director: Eli Pulsinelli
Production Coordinator: David Evans Frantz
Production Artist: Sam Wagner
Alia Ali: Project Series 53
Book and Cover
Book Title: Alia Ali: Project Series 53
Design Firm/Agency: Content Object
Publisher: Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College
Author/Editor: Rebecca McGrew
“The layered format and translucent cover merges with innovative typography to provide a provocative lens into the artist’s multi-cultural identity.” —Jennifer Morla
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