Are You Happy?

Special edition for the book

Are You Happy?“ is situated in the eastern periphery of Rome. An area where living conditions are rather cramped, residential blocks rise like walls, and abandoned agricultural land appears out of nowhere. Where young, trendy districts bleed into residential areas for white and blue-collar workers and for people whose means of income is anything but clear. And, as one continues eastward, things become increasingly poorer. High-rise complexes, shells of unfinished buildings, problematic districts. The ancient city wall divides the periphery from the postcard city of Rome.
In his latest series, Gnaudschun is concerned with the question of being, of living space and lifespans. The concreteness of the portraits and the suggestive atmospheres of the urban spaces negotiate the present of the generally human: ‘Are you happy?’

Göran Gnaudschun started the work „Are You Happy?“ during his time at Villa Massimo in 2017 and he photographed it until 2019.“Are You Happy?“ becomes a book now. It will be published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Galerie Poll on October 10, 2019 at DISTANZ Verlag, Berlin. To produce the book to the appropriate extent and the best possible quality, the funds are not enough. It is therefore launched an edition with four different motives. By purchasing this special edition or subscription, you can help fund the book.

You can see pictures from the series here:

Are You Happy?

Göran Gnaudschun

27 x 20 cm, 128 pages, hardcover, linen, about 87 images
texts by Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten an Marie-Amélie zu Salm-Salm,
Emilia Giorgi and Göran Gnaudschun, german, english, italian
graphic-design: arc, Berlin
DISTANZ Verlag, Berlin 2019

1. Special edition 195,00 €

There are 60 copies with a print (pigment print on baryta paper, size: 18 x 25 cm , four different motives). Book and print are signed and numbered.

2. SubsCription, 39,00 €

A subscription copy is a kind of paid advance booking for the book. An advance for the success. You buy the book now and get it when it’s printed. With signature and, if desired, a dedication.

Prices include VAT and plus Shipping and packaging
(Germany: 5,95 EUR, EU: 13,90 EUR)

The motifs of the edition can be seen here:
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Motif I – Riccardo, Gordiani

Motif II – Tangeziale Est – Piazzale Prenestino

Motif III – Sabrina, Quarticciolo

Motif IV – Parkhaus, Via Giovanni Battista Valente


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Are You Happy?

Galerie Poll, Gipsstraße 3, 10119 Berlin
September, 6 to October, 26, 2019
Opening: Thursday, September, 5, 2019, 6 – 9 pm
Speech: Bodo-Michael Baumunk.

Artist Talk and Book Launch

Thursday, Oktober , 10, 2019, 7 pm
Galerie Poll, Gipsstraße 3, 10119 Berlin.
The interview is conducted by Brigitte Werneburg. The Distance publishing house is present.