Where the River Runs is an overview of the work of Surinamese Dutch artist Remy Jungerman, who draws as much on the Modernism of Rietveld and Mondriaan as on Winti beliefs and the culture of the Maroons. The book opens with the monumental work created by Jungerman for the 2019 Venice Biennale, followed by a rhythmic overview of his work in an extensive pictorial section. The second part of the book is printed entirely in four layers of opaque white on red pages – a reference to the artist’s use of white kaolin clay. An idea that not only connects to Jungerman’s work, but also gives the book a clear identity of its own. The large blocks of robust typography that fill the pages of this section have a monumental, sculptural look and make for a good continuation of the rhythm of the visual section. At the back of the book, we return to the installation for the Biennale, recognisable by the Muskat Grey paper also used for the first section. The images flow naturally onto the likewise Muskat Grey cardboard of the cover, which is cleverly sewn into the book block at the back only and then folded outwards, around the exposed spine and across the front, mutating into the front board. Logical, effective, beautiful, convincing: the jury’s decision was unanimous.
Date of publication: November 2019
Translator: Jane Hall, Michael Meert
Final editor: Eleonoor Jap Sam; auteurs Remco de Blaaij et al.
Image editor: Remy Jungerman, Edwin van Gelder
Photographer: Aatjan Renders
Artist: Remy Jungerman
Publisher: Jap Sam Books, Prinsenbeek
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder, Florian Schimanski) (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk®, Amsterdam
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 220 x 310 x 13
Number of pages: 160
Print run: 1,000
Price: € 29.50
ISBN: 978 94 92852 13 7
Font and foundry: Funktional Grotesk (Typografische Systeme)
Binding style: Swiss-style cut-flush binding, transparently glued-off spine with front and back cover of six pages that is glued at the back and is folded to the front.
Paper for interior (grammage): 100gsm Arcoprint Milk 1.5, 140gsm Muskat Grey, 120gsm Forever Red, Fedrigoni, Igepa, Igepa
Material cover (grammage): 290gsm Muscat Grey, Igepa
Special features: The text of the essays is printed four times in opaque white. The cover is printed in CMYK and opaque white.