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Italian edition
curated by: Nadim Samman - Julian Charrière
year: 2019

format: 11 x 18 cm
pages: 154 b/w and colour

€ 10

On the occasion of the exhibition All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Everywhere, the first personal exhibition in Italy of Julian Charrière, Edizioni MAMbo is publishing the book by Nadim Samman and Julian Charrière As We Used to Float (K. Verlag, Berlin 2018) in Italian under the title Noi che galleggiavamo. Straddling the genres of travelogue and critical essay, Noi che galleggiavamo explores Bikini Atoll as a space of fantasy and trauma. Situated in a remote region of the Pacific Ocean, between 1946 and 1958 its ‘paradise’ islands were subjected to twenty-three of the most powerful explosions in history - during Operation Crossroads, the U.S. nuclear testing program. Since then, their fate has been largely ignored. While toggling between a personal account of a sea journey, above and below water, and a critical investigation of postcolonial geography, Noi che galleggiavamo develops broader reflections on place and subjectivity. These spring from a series of narrative immersions, variously, taking on the psychological and aesthetic parameters of ultra-deep scuba diving, the abject poetics of sea craft, and the stakes of subaquatic image-making. Through its vivid account of concrete bunkers on white sand beaches, the decaying "Ghost Fleet" of World War II battleships, irradiated coconuts, and more, Noi che galleggiavamo is a sea-story for our times.