Le DA AC COSTA Encyclopédique, Bataille-Burroughs-Sheppard, MMXXII, Volume III, Tikbala as Acéphale, 2022
Venice Biennale and Uffizi Gallery book shops (rogue installation/uncurated), Venice and Florence, Italy (resp.)
"The Da Costa encyclopédique (Paris: Max-Pol Fouchet, 1947; Encyclopaedia Da Costa) is an encyclopedia published in fascicles by members of Acephale. The publication was meant to coincide with the Le surréalisme en 1947 in Paris, but due to printing delays, the Encyclopedia was not distributed until months after the exhibition ended. Ironically modeled after the format of a conventional encyclopedia, it lambasted social and individual conventions with an unprecedented fervor, as well as putting forth more obscure ideas."
"Inspired and influenced by Georges Bataille and William S. Burroughs, I compiled quotes from each as well as from myself, attributing to words of the Italian language beginning with either B or S without giving proper credit to whom said what. My own cover illustration of Tikbala replaces that of André Masson's Acéphale (1936).
"Without invitation, yet not in protest, I rougely included stacks of the 10-page document among artists' books during my visit to The Venice Biennale and Uffizi Gallery as tribute to these transgressive authors' influences on art."