Ex Libris, 2013
hardcover book, 44pp. color throughout
4.5 in. x 3.5 in
In pictures and words, Polletta’s Ex Libris tells the simple, heartbreaking story of the dispersal of her father’s massive book collection following his death in 2012. It is also a meditation on impermanence, the value of physical possessions and the human traces lingering after death that may be interpreted as the soul. Numbered.
Maddalena Polletta has lived and worked in New York City for the past 29 years. Since 1991 she has collaborated with a group of Artists and Writers, through the collective Fleabites, on artist books/zines. These books are sold cheaply and distributed via bookstores, collectives and art spaces. Maddalena lives with her husband, Pedro Diez, and son, Dante Diez, in a sixth floor walk-up.