Genesi: Visioni di Realta e Improbabilita 

(Genesis in Space: Visions of Reality and Improbability)

by Giovanni Gastel and Franco Curletto

Turin, Italy: Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, 2008.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Book features special textured boards with a sticky feel, and a transparent relief illustration on front, as well as text in shiny copper and silver inside.
  • Covers display minimal edgewear with gentle rubbing along shoulders and edges. Intentional is difficult to distinguish from unintentional wear. (See photos)
  • Sticky boards have some dust that could look like scuffs.
  • Spine exhibits mild rubbing to ends.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Pages are more akin to boards than paper.
  • Text and illustration pages are shiny. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190822

Pages not numbered. Approx. 50 pages. 8.5 x 9 inches.

Volume features special textured boards with sticky feel and a transparent relief design on front, as well as shiny red, copper and silver illustrations and text inside. "Pages" are 2 of heavy stock sealed together for a 1 mm thickness.

"From the collaboration between Franco Curletto, an eclectic hair stylist of international renown, and Giovanni Gastel, a refined interpreter of fashion photography, the Genesis in space artistic project is born, a gallery of portraits that recounts a cycle of creations by the Turin designer: faces and hairstyles of alien creatures, like spills from a second big bang, inhabitants of a posthuman universe immortalized in a still and rarefied atmosphere. It is a dialogue, between Gastel and Curletto, between two parallel paths that come together in a common universe made up of a constant creative and aesthetic research and of a cutting-edge technical experimentation." [from Press Release] New attention was brought to the project when it was included in the Milan launch of the Paratissima Art Fair.

This intriguing book is a collection of photographs and negatives featuring portraits of more or less human figures. Presenting us with a human figure in various disguises, it engages a reflection on the true nature of reality, and the boundaries between reality and the imaginary, between the real and the improbable.

Text in Italian. Illustrated throughout with shiny copper, silver and red photographs. One illustration has yellow tissue guard. A transparent mask is glued on board facing an illustration.

When originally published, all proceeds from book sales (and other items connected to the project) were donated to the Pediatric Oncohematology Complex Structure, Transplantation Center and Cellular Therapy of the Regina Margherita Hospital in Turin.

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