Compilation Tokyo: RemixPhotographs by Charlie Engman
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On April 6–7, 2013, a screen-printed publication was created during a live event in Tokyo. Self Publish, Be Happy and GOLIGA created a Fluxus-style atelier on the first floor of the venue Harajuku VACANT. For two days, eleven young photographers had a silkscreen workshop facility to create and print their photography as part of a limited-edition publication, COMPILATION TOKYO. Each photographer prepared and silkscreen-printed his or her own work, making the publication an entirely handmade production. During the workshop, all digital production, preparation of printing plates, and silkscreen printing happened in full view of the public.
On April 30, 2013, artist Charlie Engman worked in-situ at Aperture Gallery in New York to create a new artist zine by remixing COMPILATION TOKYO. Engman cut apart, re-photographed, and digitally modified photographs in order to create an entirely new body of work. These new works were printed and photocopied on site to create this signed and limited-edition artist publication.
Charlie Engman is an American artist and photographer. Engman received a BA First Class in Japanese and Korean studies from the University of Oxford in 2009, where he also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. There he began working as a commercial photographer and exhibiting his artwork, most notably in the 2009 exhibition Boule to Braid, curated by Richard Wentworth for Lisson Gallery. Upon graduating, Engman returned to his home country, where he began integrating his commercial, fashion, and art practices. His publications include FIELD (Hard Workers Club Press, 2011) and Flounder (Pau Wau Publications, 2013). Engman lives in New York.
Self Publish, Be Happy was founded in 2010 with the aim of celebrating, studying, and distributing self-published photobooks. Its London-based collection contains more than one thousand publications; with an extensive series of workshops, talks, and projects, the organization has become a platform for a worldwide community of contemporary photographers.
Working in Tokyo under the imprint GOLIGA, Ivan Vartanian produces, edits, and publishes limited editions, experimental book works, and photography-based events. The principal objective of GOLIGA is to experiment with innovative ways of disseminating and engaging with photography.