The Paper Journal Annual — 2019



The Paper Journal Annual 2019 is the result of a call-out which ran in June-July 2018, giving their readers the opportunity to submit work for the potential to be published in an inaugural photobook series. After 3 weeks and 421 submissions, 3 stand-out artists – Eleonora Agostini, Kovi Konowiecki and Rodrigo Sombra – were chosen by Founding Editor in Chief Patricia Karallis and Editor Giada De Agostinis, resulting in 3 separate photobooks, all which are available to pre-order now, including a special edition which consists of all 3 books and a signed 8”x10” print.

Individual books, as well as the 3 book-set with an 8”x10” print, are available to pre-order now via —

The Paper Journal Annual 2019 series will launch with a book signing including 3 artists at Offprint, London, 18 May 2019 at 5pm.

See below for more information on each book and artist.

Eleonora Agostini, A Blurry Aftertaste (36pp)

A Blurry Aftertaste exists at the intersection between photography, performance and sculpture and focuses on the objects, activities and surfaces that belong to the domestic space, portrayed as an absurd and uncanny theatre defined by the creation of structures and the repetition of labour. The house becomes a place where memories can be reconstructed, where intimacy and claustrophobia exist simultaneously, a space to investigate how our familiar domestic existence can be reconsidered and redefined, and a platform where she can translate the gestures of everyday memories into new scenarios performed for the camera.
A Blurry Aftertaste is an attempt to better understand the precariousness of the notion of home through the action of balancing objects, and resisting gravity, the positions of power and the switch of roles that are at play within the images and during the making process.

Eleonora Agostini is an Italian artist based in London and a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art. Eleonora’s practice encompasses photography, performance and sculpture and is driven by her interest in the reconsideration and redefinition of the every-day and the unexceptional. Eleonora has exhibited in Britain, Italy and the United States. Her recent body of work, A Blurry Aftertaste, has been exhibited as part of Premio Francesco Fabbri (Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo 2018), Not The Final Major Project (Hasting Forum, Hasting 2018), Beyond The Camera (PingYao Photography Festival, PingYao, 2018), and Royal College Of Art Degree Show (London 2018). Eleonora is one of the artists selected for this year’s Format Festival (Derby, 2019) and On Making (National Museum Of Gdansk, 2019). Other recent exhibitions include 209 Women (Portcullis House, London and Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 2018 – 2019), There is No Threat (New York, 2018) and A Day Like the Others (Window 187, London 2018). Her work has appeared in multiple publications including GUP Magazine, Wallpaper, FotoRoom and Vogue Italia.

Kovi Konowiecki, Cherry Ave (56pp)

Cherry Ave combines portraits and still life in a lyrical documentation of home. The photographs portray a particular area of Long Beach, California and the surrounding neighbourhood where Kovi grew up.

Kovi Konowiecki was born in Long Beach, California, and is currently based between Long Beach and Mexico City. He holds a BA in Media Communications from Wake Forest University and an MA in Photography from University of the Arts London. After playing professional soccer in Europe, he turned to photography as a way to document the things around him and shed light on different aspects of his identity. Kovi was selected to be a part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in both 2016 and 2018, and was the first ever nominee to have two images shortlisted for the first place prize. He has also been featured and published on platforms such as British Journal of Photography, i-D and The Guardian, amongst many others. He was selected to be a Red Hook Labs Artist in 2018 and has exhibited his work in spaces such as ROSEGALLERY (Santa Monica, CA) and The National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2018, Kovi co-founded a small publication, Mula Press, to explore his love for bookmaking and to publish personal projects and special artist editions.

Rodrigo Sombra, Insular Night: Invisible Gardens (40pp)

Insular Night: Invisible Gardens focuses on the urban life of contemporary Cuba and is the result of multiple journeys to the island from 2014 to 2018. The conceptual thread that binds the work together is the notion of “insularity,” which is a decisive feature of Cuban culture. This geographical concept, highlighting the condition of living surrounded by water, allowed me to approach the way Cubans gaze at what lies beyond their margins and to explore the contradictory effects of the foreign presence in the island – a crucial question in Cuba particularly since the early 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed, and the country gradually opened itself to tourism and capitalism.

Rodrigo Sombra was born in Bahia, Brazil, in 1986. His work has appeared in multiple publications, including Der Greif, Aint-bad, Fotoroom, Folha de São Paulo and Nin. In 2012, he joined the group exhibition “Uma Visita Ao Benin,” dedicated to the country of Benin, Africa, in the Museu Afro Brasil, São Paulo. His work was also shown in group shows in San Francisco, California, where he lived from 2012 to 2015. “Insular Night: Invisible Gardens”, his series on Cuba, will be presented as a solo exhibition at Galeria São Paulo Flutuante, in São Paulo in March 2019.