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NEW JUCHE WASTELAND
NJ003. April 2016. 183 pages. ruins; prostitution; corpses. Free PDF.
WASTELAND charts a prolonged friendship and love affair with an abandoned apartment complex in Southeast Asia called The Flowers, and the swampland surrounding it. For three years the author used this space on a daily basis to confront death and solitude, and engage with the physical and mental effects of chronic illness. Over this long period he wrote manuscripts for two books inside the location and developed a feverish sensorial attachment to The Flowers which eventually degenerated into the sort of sexual neurosis for which the complex had originally provided an antidote.
The book is composed of seven short sections of prose and documentary photographs previously posted on this site, culminating in two perverted essays with much more expressive and conclusive photography. WASTELAND is a free PDF release, 274 MB in size, and can be downloaded by clicking on the cover image above. To download a compressed version of only 26 MB, in which the image quality is compromised, click here.
NEW JUCHE THE MOLLUSC
NJ004. June 2016. 121 pages. prostitution; deformity; anthropology. Free PDF.
The text behind the photographs is a slug in its shell. Ushering in the Thinking Prostitution series, New Juche interrogates the stinking mouth of an anthropologist to find images of humanity amongst the pus.
What do you feel and do and why, when you experience the expression of distress by the poor, especially when you’re paying them for sex?
THE MOLLUSC can be downloaded for free by clicking on the cover image above.
NEW JUCHE GYMNASIUM
NJ005. December 2016. 100 pages. prostitution; ruins; Vietnam. Free PDF.
Continuing the Thinking Prostitution series, New Juche tries hard to assume even more responsibility. What did we do here, that we could not do elsewhere? GYMNASIUM is a visual idiolect that engages hyper-developed definitions of prostitution and ruin architecture, and draws from its wellhead in the myths of the Vietnam War and the reality of Indochinese mothers and children.
GYMNASIUM is appended with HANOI TRIPTYCH, an early piece of reportage that previously appeared on this site. This free PDF can be downloaded by clicking on the cover image above, or here for a compressed version of only 31 MB.