Elmgreen & Dragset

Okt 19, 2014

Denmark and Norwey

Throughout their twenty-year col­laboration, the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset have been collect­ing photos for their ever-expanding image archive, The Incidental Self. While these intimate photos have previously been shown at galleries, museums, and biennials in Europe and Asia, they are now for the first time com­piled in an image-only publication entitled Biography.

The 628 pages book includes hundreds of private snapshots that span many events and locations, offering a glimpse of the artists’ studio, working processes, ex­hibitions, travels, parties, friendships, relationships, and inspirations. The contents, ranging from personal photos to those taken by friends, studio assistants, professional photographers, family, and colleagues, give the impression of an oversized and rather absurd family photo album, focussing on a masculine reality. As a whole, the selection of images creates a fluid perception of what today can be called a “self” and at the same time, offers an insight into the male gaze at men.

Cover: Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset, photo by Elmar Vestner

Elmgreen & Dragset

Hatje Cantz
628 pages
ISBN 978-3-7757-3865-1