Björk shares a series of her personal emails

The artist publishes private emails exhanged with philosopher Timothy Morton, penned as she searched for her place in the world

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Bjork Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Taken from the spring 2015 issue of Dazed, photography Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Back in March, Icelandic visionary Björk opened up her oeuvre in a major mid-career retrospective at the MoMA gallery in New York. The exhibition reflected on two decades of her work, from the early days with her – appropriately titled – 1993 album Debut, to the recent premiere of music filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang’s Black Lake. To coincide with the show, Thames & Hudson released a tome detailing Björk’s boundary pushing body of work. Seven distinct booklets came together to create Bjork: Archives, with one publishing the intimate correspondence between philosopher Timothy Morton and the artist herself. The email exchange was a three month collaboration between the pair as they tried to discover what ‘ism’ Björk – as an Icelandic pop singer – is. As we publish these private emails in-part, Björk explains in her own words how important such a connection was to her.

“ last year i reached out to the philosopher timothy morton to see if he would be interested to start a dialogue with me, to search for a definition of me and my friends’ stance in this world, which i felt his writing came very close to already. of course i’m still searching but this email chat of ours got pretty close and we shared a couple of coordinates trying to define what “ism” a pop musician from iceland would be ..... “

Björk: The Archives, published by Thames & Hudson is available now from here

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