Pavlo Makov. Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Alta

Due to the war in Ukraine, we will send your preorder of the book Fountain of Exhaustion. Acqua Alta by Pavlo Makov in June-July 2022. 

The book of the National Pavilion of Ukraine at the 59th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia relates the history, the different contexts, and the varying interpretations of Makov’s work Fountain of Exhaustion over the years.

The 2022 Arsenale di Venezia exhibition is the first time Fountain of Exhaustion has ever been displayed as a fully-functional art object with a steady water supply, even though its original conception dates back to 1995 and was initially occasioned by a local context of Kharkiv, a large city in the east of Ukraine. The book features a comprehensive chronological account of the Fountain’s development in the years 1995—2022 as well as a careful selection of archive materials, illustrating the work’s evolution over the last 25 years.

It also provides additional textual commentary by various authors, exploring Makov’s artistic practices and the spatio-temporal connotations of Fountain of Exhaustion as an art object all the while reflecting on water, rivers, and channels, overflow and desolation, personally  landscapes and the pressing global issues of the day.


Curators and editors: Borys Filonenko, Lizaveta German, Maria Lanko
Publisher: Kateryna Nosko, Anastasiia Leonova, ist publishing, Ukraine
Texts: Borys Filonenko, Lizaveta German, Maria Lanko, Beth Joselow, Vlada Ralko, Stanislav Turina, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Serhii Zhadan, Taras Prokhasko, Pavlo Makov
English translation: Victor Chorny
Translation from Ukrainian into English (poems by Serhii Zhadan): John Hennessy and Ostap Kin
Produced by The Naked Room
Design and layout: 3Z Studio 
Copyediting: Becca Parkinson 
Proofreading: Iľja Rákoš
Photography: Yevhen Hensiurovskyi, Digital Original Studio, Ivan Avdeenko
Communications: Katya Pavlevych
Partner: Internet Investment Group
Print: Wilco Art Books, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

144 pages
1500 copies
Language: English
ISBN 978-617-7948-18-5

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