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Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Inspired by the pre-Hispanic codices that escaped immolation during colonial invasions, this artists' book opens out in accordion folds expanding to a length of over 21 feet. Rice has created a series of beautiful and jarring montages in which the mixture of languages, slang, poetry, and prose of Gómez-Peña's performance texts are woven through and around Chagoya's collage ...more
Hardcover, 45 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers
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Lily
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Oscillating between playful and cynical, this unusually formatted book exhibits collage art and prose (occasionally in Spanish) playing around with alternate histories and common narratives about Mexican immigrants and artist expatriates living in the United States and Chicano culture.
Frederic
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A great example of book-as-object, with its fold-out codex-inspired format, but also a work of artistic commentary on Latin American history and colonialism.
Jessica
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Codex Espangliensis is an inventive art and poetry book that critiques colonial history and the effects of both it and capitalism on present day Latinos and Mexican Americans (to name a few). Physically structured like ancient codices, this accordion book, designed by Felicia Rice, unfolds to reveal artful woodblock inspired illustrations and vintage ephemera collage by renowned visual artist Enrique Chagoya. The text by Guillermo Gomez-Pena performs throughout as both muse and indictment. The c ...more
Brigette
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
An artist's book, a political commentary, a post-colonial history weaving together fabulous collages and sharp, irreverent text. Patterned on pre-Columbian codices, the book opens from right to left in an accordian fold that stretches out 21 feet...in other words, it's a little unwieldy but worth it. ...more
Isa
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
this is an astonishing, beautiful work. my response to it was visceral, completely physically palpable - i literally yelled aloud during portions of it (the colonization of europzin and the auctioning of the new world, to be more particular). fantastic, fantastic, send it to your friends, force it upon everyone you know
Haley
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This can be a hard one to come by, but it is amazing, amazing amazing. NAFTA, pre-columbian/mexican art (and politics), colonialism, satire, and/or collage- if any of these words spark your interest check this one out.
Dawn
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time! Anything by Guillermo Gomez-Pena is worth reading. Enrique Chagoya is an awesome artist. My only complaint is the text is so small that I have to put the book up to my face to read it.
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