Her work is steeped in literature and theory without being deformed by contemporary iterations of such. I have a deep admiration of her as an artist, thinker, writer, and person.
—Maggie Nelson, Artforum

An essential selection of Moyra Davey’s sly, surprising, and brilliant essays

Index Cards

Nonfiction by Moyra Davey

In these essays, the acclaimed artist, photographer, writer, and filmmaker Moyra Davey often begins with a daily encounter—with a photograph, a memory, or a passage from a book—and links that subject to others, drawing fascinating and unlikely connections, until you can almost feel the texture of her thinking. While thinking and writing, she weaves together disparate writers and artists—Mary Wollstonecraft, Jean Genet, Virginia Woolf, Janet Malcolm, Chantal Akerman, and Roland Barthes, among many others—in a way that is both elliptical and direct, clearheaded and personal, prismatic and self-examining, layering narratives to reveal the thorny but nourishing relationship between art and life.

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Paperback (published May 26, 2020)

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9780811229517
Price US
17.95
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5x8
Page Count
192

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9780811229524

Moyra Davey

American photographer, filmmaker, and writer

Her work is steeped in literature and theory without being deformed by contemporary iterations of such. I have a deep admiration of her as an artist, thinker, writer, and person.
—Maggie Nelson, Artforum
Davey has constructed a practice conscious of its own past and reliant on radical self-doubt. Her photographs, films, and essays cross-reference and depend on one another as she makes a subject of her own process and its intentions, fears, and failures.
Paris Review
The book contains Davey’s erudite, subtle, daring thoughts about film and photography, text and image, art and life…Davey’s tone throughout is at once curious and recursive, sure enough of her wandering method and sufficiently unsure of where it is leading her. The main impression one comes away with is of an eminently generous mind and maker.
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Brilliant.
Art in America
The essays in Index Cards gather and swell with invisible force, disperse and settle like the dust Davey blows from the tops of her books.
Bookforum
Her formal, deadpan, off-kilter sensibilities celebrate the worries of a writer, and she will catch you off guard with her smudged, elegant, low-tech intelligence. Just look around where you live and you will see what she sees—tiny, lovely still-lifes of neglect that demand respect. It may take you a while to notice, but she’s the real thing.
—John Waters
The publication Index Cards, a collection of essays and the texts, themselves essay-like, that serve to pace her films—promises to not only celebrate but also further amplify the schisms in her art, the wonderful confusion of categories (aesthetic, theoretical, political, national, linguistic) that animate her work.
—Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Artforum
Moyra Davey’s writings are intense meditations on desire and knowledge, limits and wellness, domestic life, literature, traces and art: a life of the body and mind. Originally written in tandem with her photography and video work, these pieces both narrate and propel her artistic process. The art world has long known that Moyra Davey is one of the most interesting, challenging, and sincere contemporary writers. Now others will know it too.
—Chris Kraus