LEPPE, Carlos. RICHARD, Nelly. Cuerpo correccional [Correctional Body]. [Santiago]: Francisco Zegers (V.I.S.U.A.L.), (1980).

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(LEPPE, Carlos.) RICHARD, Nelly.
Cuerpo correccional [Correctional Body].
[Santiago]: Francisco Zegers (V.I.S.U.A.L.), (1980).

8vo (266 × 182 mm), pp.124. 29 black-and-white photographs and 48 video stills. Text by Nelly Richard. Photography by Jaime Villaseca, Francisco Zegers, and Carlos Altamirano. Design by Carlos Leppe, Nelly Richard, and Carlos Altamirano. Black-and-white photo-illustrated wrappers with flaps; reading crease and wear to spine, leaning slightly, light wear to edges, foot of spine bumped. A very good copy.

First edition. Cuerpo correccional is a reexamination of the work of 1970s Chilean artist Carlos Leppe, with photographs and video stills of his performances and installations which were primarily concerned with sexual and identity issues. It was published by Francisco Zeger, who at the time of publication was employing Leppe at his advertising agency, and was ‘a genuine provocation at the time because of its solid binding, firm spine, varnished covers, well-reproduced photos on proper paper, and printing-press typeface, whose name is given on the colophon page, instead of typewriter script. The Chilean art scene has sometimes been described in terms of its makeshift publications, in some cases no more sophisticated than stencils, what Justo Pastor Mellado has called “the report-to-the-assembly aesthetic”: a few typewritten pages stapled together or joined with a paperclip. The artist’s greater or lesser adherence to this report model mattered a great deal, especially in political terms. Cuerpo correccional marked a rupture with the photocopies, ring binders, and bristol board of many artists’ books of those years. (Latin American Photobooks 139).

Fernandéz, H., Latin American Photobooks p.139.


4 copies located in OCLC: Arizona State University; SUNY College at Potsdam; University of Oregon; University of Pittsburgh.


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