Deconstructing Diagramming Dreaming for A. Thörn Legzdins and A. Tullberg
Deconstructing Diagramming Dreaming – A Synthesis of the Two Cities Daugavpils & Detroit is based on artist Annika Thörn Legzdins’s photographs and journalist Anna Tullberg’s interviews from Daugavpils and Detroit. In combination with historical image material and factual texts, the story of two cities emerges, which, based on ideological opposites, both embody the rise and fall of the construction of modernist society.
The past dreams of the future and how this future has now turned out, are expressed through a choir of interview fragments interwoven with thematic image flows. The geographic situatedness of both the voices and the places has been reduced in order to create a synthesis of two societies. Interspersed passages of red-framed factual pages and historical images demonstrate the similarities between the cities.
The book includes an introduction by Alf Rehn, Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management, about the different languages and voices of cities, and about the scars of urban development. The book concludes with a travel account in the form of visual notes from encounters and places.
The dream-like atmosphere of the interviews and photographs is reflected in the blue cover with its velvety texture. The structured reality of facts is alluded to in how the color red seeps out through the headband of the book.
The special edition also includes a perforated page, giving one of the photographs in the book the shape of a stamped and numbered postage stamp.
Annika Thörn Legzdins is an artist and photographer born in 1965 in Stockholm. She obtained her MFA at the Academy of Photography, Department of Fine Art at Konstfack—University of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm. Her work has been exhibited at Centrum för fotografi and Fotografins hus in Stockholm, Molekyl Gallery in Malmö, Black Door Gallery in Örebro, and Halmstads konsthall, amongst others. In 2019 she also executed two public art commissions—at Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm and at the Uppsala University Hospital. Since 2018, Thörn Legzdins has been the chairperson of Fotoförfattarna, a part of the Swedish Association of Professional Photographers dedicated to the publishing of photobooks.
Anna Tullberg is a cultural journalist, born in 1968 in Kungsbacka, currently living and working in Stockholm. She is a graduate of the school of journalism in Gothenburg and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since 2000 she has been working for the Swedish Radio as a producer, reporter, and critic at P1 Kultur and Kulturnytt. Tullberg has also produced a sound piece for the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm and sound compositions for the choreographer Helena Franzén. Rotolito / Nava Press
Praun & Guermouche 
Concept and design: Sandra Praun & Oscar Guermouche
Texts: Alf Rehn, Anna Tullberg
14 cm x 19.5 cm
Printed at Rotolito / Nava Press
Special edition: 30
December 12, 2019