2010 / Artist, editor: Jimini Hignett / Title: The Detroit Diary / Designer: Anna Haas / Texts: Aylin Kuryel, Rob van Kranenburg, Loic Wacquant, Jimini Hignett / The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2010
Collection editor: Delphine Bedel
Publisher: Dutch Art Institute / MFA ArtEZ
No more copies available at the DAI. Please contact the artist: http://howtogoon.com
"I had been reading up on Detroit, the epitome of a shrinking city, where only those - predominantly African-American, almost exclusively poor - were left to suffer the consequences of an ever dwindling tax base and a decaying infrastructure. But when I visited the city in the spring of 2009, the sheer and utter hopeless enormity of the place hit home: How to make art when everything is this fucked up?"
Linking the personal to the political and to issues of art and activism, Hignett's diary (in text and images) is juxtaposed with writings by three other authors: Aylin Kuryel on 'what art can do', Rob van Kranenburg on 'technology and agency', and Loic Wacquant on 'urban desolation, ethnoracial domination, the penalization of poverty, and the first society of advanced insecurity'.
'The Detroit Diary' by Jimini Hignett, designed by Anna Haas (CH) , was awarded at 'The Most Beautiful Swiss Books' competition, established to promote and reward top-quality book design in Switzerland. It was established at the behest of the famous typographer and designer Jan Tschichold in 1943. The competition is open to graphic designers, publishers and printers. Annually, the Federal Office of Culture receives around 400 submissions. A five-member, internationally staffed jury, currently chaired by Cornel Windlin, selects the most beautiful Swiss books each year.
What qualifies as a Swiss book?: A book is considered a Swiss book when it fulfils at least one of the following three criteria: the book was designed by a Swiss designer, the publisher has its headquarters in Switzerland, or the printer has its headquarters in Switzerland. The jury's criteria: In judging the submissions to the competition, the jury takes into account each book's overall concept, graphic design and typography, and pays particular attention to innovation and originality.
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books Jury includes:
Cornel Windlin, Küssnacht am Rigi [Chair of the Jury]
Christoph Schifferli, Ascona
Lars Müller, Oslo (NO)
Will Holder, Hatfield (UK)