Shop > Artists' Books

Out of Stock

On Democracy by Saddam Hussein

Paul Chan
Badlands Unlimited
Artists' Books
13.4 × 20.2 × 1 cm

Edited by Paul Chan, Karen Marta. Essays by Negar Azimi, Nickolas Calabrese, Jeff Severns Guntzel. Artworks by Paul Chan.

In 2003, after returning from a monthlong stay in Baghdad, American artist Paul Chan was given a gift from a colleague in the human-rights group Voices of the Wilderness: a copy of three speeches on democracy written by Saddam Hussein in the 1970s, before he became president of Iraq. The speeches, compiled here for the first time in English, are politically perverse, yet eerily familiar. The then vice president of Iraq characterizes social democracy as demanding authority, and defines free will as the patriotic duty to uphold the good of the state. This volume takes the speeches as an opportunity to ask what democracy means from the standpoint of a notorious political figure who was anything but democratic, and to reflect on how promises of freedom and security can mask the reality of repressive regimes. With drawings by Paul Chan, including a new suite in its entirety, and essays by Bidoun’s Negar Azimi, philosopher and artist Nickolas Calabrese and journalist Jeff Severns Guntzel, this book is the inaugural copublication of the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art and Chan’s own Badlands Unlimited.

  1. On Democracy by Saddam Hussein

Related Items

  1. Henri Chopin: Of Democracy / De la Démocratie
  2. Andrea McGinty: God, I Don’t Even Know Your Name
  3. Bettina Davis: One Valencia Lane
  4. Animal Spirits
  5. Paul Ryan: Two Is Not a Number

A Conversation with Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
  6. Björk
  7. Paul McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble
  8. Yvonne Rainer: Poems
  9. Claudia La Rocco: The Best Most Useless Dress
  10. Al Bedell: I Would Do Anything For Love
  11. Aruna D’Souza: Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts
  12. The Yes Men Activity Book (Keep it Slick)
  13. Georges Perec and the Oulipo: Winter Journeys
  14. Carnets de Gisèle Freund
  15. Emily Jacir & Susan Buck-Morss
  16. Parkette No. 93: Frances Stark, Adrián Villar Rojas, Danh Vô, Valentin Carron
  17. Secret Life
  18. Il Piedistallo Vuoto / The Empty Pedestal
  19. Ian Wallace: The First documenta, 1955
  20. György Lukács

Notes on Georg Simmel’s Lessons, 1906/07, and on a “Sociology of Art,“ c. 1909
  21. Erkki Kurenniemi
  22. William Kentridge & Peter L. Galison:

The Refusal of Time
  23. Christoph Menke: Aesthetics of Equality
  24. Jalal Toufic: Reading, Rewriting Poe’s “The Oval Portrait“
  25. G.M. Tamás: Innocent Power
  26. Péter György: The Two Kassels:

Same Time, Another Space
  27. Kenneth Goldsmith: Letter to Bettina Funcke
  28. David Robbins: Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy
  29. Bernadette Corporation: The Complete Poem
  30. Angela Bulloch: Source Book 10
  31. Source Book 5 / 2008 Geoffrey Farmer
  32. David Benjamin Sherry: It’s Time
  33. Making Art Global, Part 1

The Third Havana Biennial 1989
  34. Image Counter Image
  35. The New Public
  36. Michael Hardt: The Procedures of Love / Die Verfahren der Liebe
  37. It is what it is. Or is it?
  38. Igor Zabel: Contemporary Art Theory