Limited edition hand-made books. 80 pages, soft cover; Images inkjet on half-transparent paper, text digital print; English only; Design: Nadav Shalev
1st edition: 2003 (edition of 5 + AP)
2nd edition: 2011, via 'Possibility of a Book', Sommer Contemporary Art Project Space (Edition of 5 + AP)
3rd edition: 2014 "layed out" at Haifa Museum of Art
About the book:
Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys (1968) film was shot in Tucson Arizona, and shows the dynamics of a group of apparently gay cowboys, a prostitute and her pimp. The book re-constructs the controversial quasi-rape scene, in which the prostitute (Viva) orders the cowboys off her ranch. The boys attack her as she pleads and screams out to both her fellow actors and the tourists who had gathered to watch the filming as the boys continue to molest her. At the end of the scene she yells "Disgusting pigs! Look at all those children shocked out of their minds", when in fact referring to the onlookers. Still it remains unclear wether a rape is actually happening, since the boys are all gay and showed no interest in the her before and after this scene, and no actual sexual action is seen. The shooting, as well as the editing afterwards, mix and confuse life and acting.
In response to the complaint of the public, Andy Warhol was put on surveillance by the FBI the same year. The FBI investigated the event in order to see if there were grounds to arrest Warhol for interstate transporting of obscene material, but was never charged.
Alona's interest in this project was to reconstruct a chaotic non-structured event. She transcribed the dialogue between the characters - which were never written. She shrunk the text, focusing on the only female character and the rape scene. To this she added FBI protocols with focus on the rape scene. At last, visuals in the book are almost only of Viva; with the exception of one image of the cowboys from their behind, and the front cover, which is a black and white photo from Alona's personal archive. All the photos of Viva are printed with an Inkjet printer, on a very thin paper. The back side of the print highlights her image. All together is an ambition of capturing an unclear moment of sexuality, violence and impotence.