Luma Westbau in Zurich is pleased to present CASSANDRA PRESS: NEW PUBLICATIONS. This marks the first institutional exhibition documenting the work of the artist-run publishing and educational platform. Luma Westbau now opens to the public as a library showcasing Cassandra Press’s recent work, which includes lo-fi printed matter, classrooms, artist-books, readers, and exhibition projects.
The publishing imprint Cassandra Press was founded by artist Kandis Williams. Williams works in collage, performance, dance, publishing, and curating. Her collages are meticulous, densely layered pieces composed of images culled from magazines and archival texts, placed into an unsettling interplay. Williams founded Cassandra Press to further explore and deconstruct critical theory around race, nationalism, authority, and eroticism, and their intersections with Blackness and Black Diaspora – discursive, ideological and embodied.
For this exhibition, Luma Westbau presents the complete library of Cassandra Press’ thirty-one readers, including nine volumes released in March 2021. Displayed alongside the Cassandra readers are a selection of collages drawn from Williams’ past investigations. Taken together, CASSANDRA PRESS: NEW PUBLICATIONS highlights the central process of assemblage that can be found across Cassandra’s offerings, which build through an array of textual and cultural materials.
The exhibition was organised by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen.
8005 Zurich, Switzerland