SCUMB Manifesto

New York: (self-published), 2021.
Condition: As New
First Edition
SIGNED. 58 pp , 11.25 x 14.75 inches full color, ONE COPY PER ORDER

SCUMB, Justine Kurland’s self published broadsheet with a text by the artist accompanies her exhibition of new photographic collages at Higher Pictures Generation in Brooklyn (March-May 20121). In 1967 the radical feminist and writer Valerie Solanas sold copies of her newly authored SCUM Manifesto on the streets of New York’s Greenwich Village, charging $1 ($2 if the buyer was a man). It opens with an incisive description of her project: “[. . .] SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men), which will eliminate through sabotage all aspects of society not relevant to women (everything), bring about a complete female take-over, eliminate the male sex and begin to create a swinging, groovy, out-of-sight female world. Kurland’s Society for Cutting Up Men’s Books (SCUMB) is an object-based, tactile imagining of matriarchal paradise, which she explored in her earliest body of work, Girl Pictures (1997–2002), and again in Mama Babies (2004–07). Seeking and picturing freedom, at the core of much of Kurland’s work, is located here in the artistic act itself: Kurland is purging her own cherished library of photography books authored by white men. Historical figures who have become the foundation of the history of photography, and their contemporary male heirs by primogeniture, have their pictures chopped up and reauthored by Kurland. The nature of collage—heterogeneous, pulled apart, shape shifting, disrupted, cyborg, fantasy—has long made it a feminist strategy in life and in art. Kurland’s is a restorative and loving ritual. Each collage is a reclamation of history; a dismemberment of the patriarchy; a gender inversion of the usual terms of possession; and a modest attempt at offsetting a life of income disparity. Before making the work available to collectors Kurland offered to sell them to the original photographers. None of the men have taken her up on her offer. Item #20611

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