SCUMB, Society for Cutting Up Men's Books

An homage to Valerie Solanas’ SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto. SCUMB Manifesto introduces us to photographer Justine Kurland’s own uncompromising initiative: the Society for Cutting Up Men’s Books. This volume presents a collection of collages Kurland created by cutting up and reconfiguring photobooks by male artists, as she went through the process of purging her own library of roughly 150 books by straight white men that have monopolized the photographic canon. The nature of collage — heterogeneous, pulled apart, shape shifting, disrupted, cyborg, fantasy — has long made it a feminist strategy in life and in art. Kurland's ritual is restorative and loving: each work is a reclamation of history; a dismemberment of the patriarchy; a gender inversion of the usual terms of possession; and a modest attempt at offsetting a life of income disparity.

Includes a 48 x 60cm poster inserted into back cover

Mack, 2022
h320 x w245 mm
282 pages
116 Plates
Essays by Marina Chao, Renee Gladman, Catherine Lord, and Ariana Reines.


Justine Kurland SCUMB SCUM MANIFESTO Mack 2022

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