Jana Leo
Rape New York


Starting with a rape in the author’s own apartment, this experimental autobiographic novel defies traditional rape narratives by exploring the complex relationship between domestic violence, urban planning and a corrupt property market. Moving from police disinterest and landlord culpability, via way of a Robocop narrative, prison statistics and a B-movie hit-and-run ending, Jana Leo maps the fault lines of capitalist property speculation and the intersection of sexual crime, class vulnerability and the US justice system. Rape New York is published as part of Book Works’ Semina series (No.4) edited by Stewart Home. Designed by Fraser Muggeridge.

Published by Book Works.
ISBN 978-1-906012-14-4
5” x 7.5”, 128 pp., Black and white, 2009
Edition: 1000
$20 (USD)

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Jana Leo has an MA in Architevture and a PhD in Philosophy from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Previously, she was a professort at Cooper Union in New York and is now the director of MOSIS Foundation-Models and System: Art and City. Her first show was a series of self-portraits depicting herself as a woman who has been attacked in her own bed — unwittingly opening her career with a subject that will resurface almost fifteen years later. Her videos and interactive installations have been shown in galleries and institutions for over a decade. She currently divides her time between New York and Madrid.

Established in 1984, with the mission to disseminate visual art practice to as wide and diverse an audience as possible, Book Works is a contemporary visual arts publisher, based in London. In addition to our main activity of book publishing, we also produce text-based works, installations, multiples, videos and new media projects.