Nanna Debois Buhl
Atlas of Anatomy

Atlas of Anatomy is a poetical interpretation of the historical anatomical reference book. The book contains 15 photographs of body parts belonging to people of different ages (5 – 87 years), and 133 footnotes all of which, concretely or metaphorically, describe a body part. The text fragments are collected from medical, literary, philosophical and pedagogical sources: a fragment from a children’s song, a description of a burial ritual and the treatment of a burn, for example. The photographs are narrowly cropped, so the body parts almost appear abstract. Like maps. The book borrows its format and typography from historical anatomical reference books. Atlas of Anatomy is a journey through a collective body composed of many bodies and voices. The book is produced alongside Nanna Debois Buhl ’s recently inaugurated public commission Atlas of Anatomy for the educational institution Campus Roskilde, Denmark. In the building, text and images are silkscreened on 3000 sq.ft glass walls, like a book unfolding throughout the building. The commission is a collaboration with the Danish Arts Foundation and Henning Larsen Architects. Designed by

Published by Revolver
ISBN: 978-3-86895-262-9
30×23 cm, 56 pp, 2 colour offset, Hardcover, 2013
Edition of 550
38 CAD

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Nanna Debois Buhl is a Danish visual artist based in Copenhagen and New York. Her work combines a poetical, visual language with theoretical and literary references, often making use of formats such as maps, atlases and travelogues. Buhl’s projects examine historical and cultural knowledge through plants, animals, images, and architectural components and are realized through a combination of installation, drawing, film, text, photography and sound. Buhl received her MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and participated in The Whitney Independent Study Program, New York in 2008-09. She has been artist-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York. Recent shows include: El Museo del Barrio, NY; Art in General, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Bureau, NY; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; Kunsthallen Brandts, Denmark; Aarhus Kunstbygning, Denmark; Ar/Ge Kunst, Italy; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Germany. Her work is in the collections of the Museum for Contemporary Art and The National Museum of Photography in Denmark. Buhl’s artist’s books A Journey in Two Directions, City Grammar (with Liz Linden), and Atlas of Anatomy are published by Revolver Publishing. Commissioned by The Danish Arts Council, she has made public works for Ringsted High School (2010) and Campus Roskilde (2013), Denmark. Her work has recently been discussed in Art in America, Flash Art, Artforum, and The New York Times.

The publishing house Revolver Publishing was founded in Berlin in 2008. The publishing profile is devoted to conceptual artists books, international exhibition catalogues, various writing series on contemporary art, as well as children books by artists, readers, monographies and audio-/video projects. With up to 150 new releases per year, a global distribution network on four continents and numerous collaborations with the most significant exhibition institutions, Revolver enjoys a worldwide reputation as a cutting-edge-publisher with outstandingly progressive design. Although most of the individual publications have small print runs (between 500 and 4,000 copies), Revolver has been able to launch some popular titles, like Hans Ulrich Obrists Do It!, the books from the Peter Piller Archives series and a volume on Adolf Hitlers cultural lectures, edited by Robert Eikmeyer and Christoph Keller. Furthermore, Revolver has won a number of prizes and grants, e.g. The most beautiful German books, The most beautiful Swiss books, Red Dot Award, and Fröbus Art and Design Award.

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