Book Launch – Al río / To the River: Zoe Leonard, Tim Johnson, Catherine Facerias, Elisabeth Lebovici

Video (1:16.27): Book launch of “Al río / To the River“; Zoe Leonard in conversation with Tim Johnson, Catherine Facerias and Elisabeth Lebovici at Mudam Luxembourg Museum, 26.02.2022.


Mudam Luxembourg—Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, February 26–June 6, 2022
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One book in two volumes

This two-volume project documents the body of water at the US/Mexico border in a photography series and an anthology of writings.

Al río / To the River: Zoe Leonard
Editor: Tim Johnson
Contributors: CJ. Alvarez, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Cecilia Ballí, Carolyn Boyd, Remijio “Primo” Carrasco, Alfredo Corchado, Yuri De la Rosa, Natalie Diaz, Dolores Dorantes, Darby English, Álvaro Enrigue, Catherine Facerias, Nadiah Rivera Fellah, Josh T Franco, Esther Gabara, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Angela Kocherga, Land Arts of the American West, Elisabeth Lebovici, Aimé Iglesias Lukin, José Rabasa, Cameron Rowland, Inocencio Lugo Ruiz, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Roberto Tejada, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Graphic design: Joseph Logan
Publishers: Mudam Luxembourg, Hatje Cantz, 2022
SBN 978-3-7757-4878-0
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Pages: 318 pages (vol. 1) + 232 pages (vol. 2)
Dimensions: 28 x 23 cm (landscape format)
More information: Softcover with flaps, two volumes in a slipcase

The publisher writes, Zoe Leonard (born 1961) is among the most influential artists of her generation. Her work merges photography, sculpture and installation, balancing rigorous conceptualism with a distinctly personal vision. Al río / To the River, initiated in 2016, is a photographic project of epic scale addressing the more than 1,000 miles of river boundary shared by the United States and Mexico. Leonard approaches the river, known as Río Bravo in Mexico and Rio Grande in the United States, as a multifaceted leitmotif in which cultural, ecological, historical, social, political and economic concerns intersect. Published in two volumes, the first features Leonard’s photographs, while the second, edited by Tim Johnson, brings together written contributions from a remarkable group of international artists, journalists, poets and scholars. Conceived as an alternate form of circulation for the work, the publication also provides an interdisciplinary reference for people interested in the river, environmental issues, borderlands culture and contemporary border issues.

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