Laura Morsch-Kihn created Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme (The New Spirit of Vandalism) in May 2014, after she quit her job working at the galerie du jour —the gallery of the fashion designer and lifetime supporter of art agnès b. As Morsch-Kihn started a new career as an independent curator, she wanted to publish a zine that would support all her curatorial actions. LNEV is a meta-artistic activity devoted to curatorial projects in publishing and exhibition formats. She began to work that way because her main interest was how graffiti —not street art— can interact with contemporary art without loosing its substance. The title of her zine is a reference to the book The New Spirit of Capitalism by Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello (1999), and its motto is “The zine that transforms everything into art”. A pompous name, an ambitious motto, for a generous handmade publication, LNEV is definitely full of energy and one of a kind.

Two people influenced Laura to choose zines as a medium that would support her curating activities. When she worked at the galerie du jour, she helped the curator of “Musique Plastique” an exhibition about artists who also make music. She insisted to dedicate a section  of the show to Destroy All Monsters, the infamous punk band of Jim Shaw, Mike Kelley and Cary Loren. The latter, who is now the archivist of the art band, helped her set up a whole installation in the the basement of the gallery and inspired her to make zines. She later met Pat MacCarthy, who uses zines as a medium in his practice. He showed her how powerful a small photocopied object can be.

The object that Laura fabricates in collaboration with a lot of different artists has a real aura: she pastes original photos in each issues herself. Some of them are just taped and cover the texts, but they can be lifted to read what’s underneath. The zine is an accumulation of layers of text, images, photocopy and photographs, and each one has a custom cover drawn by an artist.

I decided to invite her as a guest zine because she so energetically defends the zine as a medium. Indeed, she has her own distro “Printing on Fire” and she is currently organizing “Rebel rebel”, her own zine fair in Marseille. So if you are in the south of France the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of April you should definitely drop by.

Left: Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #3 “Seine Saint-Denis Style”, 32 pp., Mars 2015, B/W Photocopy and taped photographies, 100 copies. (Cover Art by Ken Sortais)

Right: Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #4 “Art et Justice”, 32 pp., Mai 2015, B/W Photocopy on paper and golden paper and taped photographies.

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #1 “Le monde sauvage”, 32 pp., August 2014, B/W Photocopy and taped photographies.

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #2 “Un monde à l’épreuve”, 36 pp., November 2014, B/W Photocopy on paper and thermic paper and taped photographies. (Cover Art by SKUBE)

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #3 “Seine Saint-Denis Style”, 32 pp., Mars 2015, B/W Photocopy and taped photographies, 100 copies. (Cover Art by Ken Sortais)

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #4 “Art et Justice”, 32 pp., Mai 2015, B/W Photocopy on paper and golden paper and taped photographies.

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #5 “L’imaginaire adolescent en Amérique Latine”, 28 pp., Mars 2015, B/W Photocopy and taped photographies. (Cover Art by Lore)

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #6 “Field Effects”, 20 pp., Juillet 2015, B/W Photocopy, silkscreen and taped photographies, 130 copies.

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #7, Pauline Lafargue “Minéral”, 28 pp., Novembre 2015, B/W Photocopy and taped photographies, 50 copies. (Featured Artist: Pauline Lafargue)

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #8 “Le Pigeon dans l’art”, 6 pp., Novembre 2015, Carambar, B/W Photocopy and taped photographies, 50 copies.

 

Le Nouvel Esprit du Vandalisme #11 “Festival Rebel Rebel”, 6 pp., Avril 2016, B/W Photocopy , 500 copies.

 

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