Angle 21 by Marius Engh

¥ 1,944

ノルウェーの独立系出版社、Multipressが不定期に発行するジンシリーズ、「Angle」の第21号。21〜24号ではゲストにオランダ人インディペンデント・キュレーター、へスター・ケイズル(Hester Keijser)を迎え、作家のキュレーションが行われた。21号はマリウス・エン(Marius Engh)による作品、『$ - Sankt Ioachimasthal』を収録。

本書はチェコのカルロヴィ・ヴァリ地域に位置する閉鎖された鉱山の村、ヤーヒモフで撮影された写真を収録。1945年までサンクト・ヨアヒムスタールと呼ばれていたヤーヒモフではかつて大量の銀資源が採掘され、ターラー(サンクト・ヨアヒムス・ターラー/Sankt Joachim thalerの略称)という名で地元の通貨単位の導入まで行われていた。そしてターラー(thaler)はダラー(doller)と名を変え、現在まで経済の中心に存在し続けている。この地域の鉄、コバルト、バライト、ニッケル、ウランの大きな鉱床はヨーロッパの工業化において重要な資源となった。そして第二次世界大戦中には、核兵器を開発するというナチスの計画の一部としてウランの採掘の中心地となり、その過程は共産主義の下で1964年まで継続した。



Angle 1-90° is an on going photo zine series initiated in 2014 by Verena Winkelmann and Line Bøhmer Løkken. For Angle 21-24° we invited the Dutch author and curator Hester Keijser to work with us. Keijser, who is specialized in contemporary photography from Europe and the MENASA region, is behind the great choices of the artists for Angle 23-24°.

Marius Engh has recently been looking more closely at Bohemian mythology, with a starting point in Bohemia, but with samples from the ‘bohemian’ world. In his photographic projects he unwinds a tangled web of history, ideas and materials, not without a certain element of mystery. The focus point in his Angle is the closed-down Czech mining village of Jáchymov in the Karlovy Vary region, near the border with Germany, which until 1945 was called Sankt Joachimsthal. Large silver resources were found here at the beginning of the 16th century, and led to the introduction of a local monetary unit called the ‘Sankt Joachim thaler’, in its short form the ‘thaler’ which became a new standard for coins (and lives on in the word ‘dollar’). The area’s large deposits of iron, cobalt, barytes, nickel and uranium became important resources in the industrialization of Europe. During World War II the Joachimsthal became a centre for the extraction of uranium as part of the Nazis’ plan to develop nuclear weapons, and the process continued under Communism. Engh alternates between panoramic views from the region and close-ups of mineral components. The active uranium material smolders beneath everything and feeds into the mythology of the place.


Title: Angle 21
Artist: Marius Engh
Multipress, 2019
Softcover, 148 x 200 mm
24 pages
Limited edition of 360 copies
¥1,800 + tax




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