"Traction" is core tutor DAI Publishing Class Tirdad Zolghadr's latest book.

02.04.17 | tag: Berlin


Traction argues that contemporary art is defined by a moral economy of indeterminacy that allows curators and artists to imagine themselves on the other side of power. This self-positioning, in turn, leaves us politically bankrupt, intellectually stagnant, and aesthetically predictable. In his memoir-polemic, curator and writer Tirdad Zolghadr candidly reflects on his own experiences and the work of others. He also drafts possibilities for a logic and a support structure that can offer some purchase of their own, beyond the gravitational pull of business as usual. Ultimately, Traction calls for a renewed sense of profession, somewhere within the corridors of power where, for better or worse, contemporary art has long arrived.

Design by Aude Lehmann, Zurich

Published by Sternberg Press

About Tirdad Zolghadr

September 2016, English
13 x 21 cm, 264 pages, 1 b/w and 4 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-203-8
€20.00