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By Joanna Rajkowska

WHERE THE BEAST IS BURIED is the 1st English-language ebook approximately Joanna Rajkowska and her specified perform of labor in public area, in super assorted cultures and geographies: from Konya in Anatolia, via Warsaw and Berlin as much as Curitiba in Brazil. a set of reports, essays, interviews and photographs covers her best-known tasks. the main intimate perception into them supply her personal tales, which shape a dramatic enquiry into either the private and the conceptual roots of her work.

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