BOOK LAUNCH of Sebastián Díaz Morales: Ficcionario

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Location: SMBA
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Language: English
Admission: free
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The book launch for Sebastián Díaz Morales: Ficcionario will take place at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam in the context of the current exhibition in which Díaz Morales participates. Combining an assortment of visual materials with texts by various authors that offer a perspective on his work across a variety of themes, the book provides an overview of the body of work that Díaz Morales has created since 1998.

In celebration of the publication, Díaz Morales and designer Roosje Klap will discuss the book and its background, in particular examining to what extent the book is a reflection of other works while at the same time being a work in itself. The discussion will be moderated by SMBA curator Jelle Bouwhuis.

For this occasion, artist/musician Dick Verdult will read Moral and Wisdom Drilling, a piece he wrote for the book, connecting the practice of a dentist with being a filmmaker.

The publication will be available for the reduced price of € 38,- only at the book launch.


Diccionario & ficción = Ficcionario

Sebastián Díaz Morales was born in 1975 in the Patagonian petroleum city of Comodoro Rivadavia. With his book Ficcionario – the title is a portmanteau of the words diccionario and ficción – he presents a kind of autopoietic sum of his work in images, texts and reports by participants. Since completing his studies at Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2001, the Argentinian film artist has been invited to exhibit at many eminent European and US institutions, and he has participated worldwide in major film and video festivals, as well as numerous biennials. He deliberately recalls – as the motto of one of the chapters of his book – a quote of the great Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges: ‘The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.’ This particular view of reality, a fusion of poetic and realistic narrative style, represents the Latin American literature of magical realism as well as the docu-fictional style of South American cinema. In Sebastián Díaz Morales, these influences come to bear when, in his film Pasajes, he has a man rush from room to room and, in doing so, join the most diverse worlds. His installation Insight takes a further decisive step and raises the question: In front or behind the camera, is all this actually just an illusion? This also applies to this book, which can be understood as an intelligent and entertaining journey by anyone picking it up!

Sebastián Díaz Morales: Ficcionario
Published by: Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Texts (English/Spanish) by Ricardo Amado, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Gary Hill, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Hafiz Rancajale, Jo Ratcliffe, Dick Verdult
260 p with 120 coloured illustrations
285 x 220 mm, Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-86442-093-1
Regular price: € 48,-