Codex Espangliensis
From Columbus to the Border Patrol

Inspired by the pre-Hispanic codices that escaped immolation during colonial invasions, this artists' book opens out in accordion folds expanding to a length of over 21 feet. Rice has created a series of beautiful and jarring montages in which the mixture of languages, slang, poetry, and prose of Gomez-Pena's performance texts are woven through and around Chagoya's collages filled with pre-Hispanic drawings, colonial-era representations of New World natives, and comic book superheroes. Irreverent to the last, Gomez-Pena and Chagoya employ iconic figures and persistent stereotypes to overturn the fantasies of nationalism, ethnocentrism, and historical amnesia that cloud international relations. Rice's masterful typographic compositions orchestrate the text's many voices and views, offering a history of the Americas which must be read forward and backward, in fragments and in recurring episodes - in short, as history itself tends to unfold.

Title Codex Espangliensis
Subtitle From Columbus to the Border Patrol
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading ART000000 ART
Title First Published 01 June 2000
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 45 p.
ISBN-10 0872863670
ISBN-13 9780872863675
Publication Date 01 June 2000
Main content page count 45
Dimensions 9.3 x 7.3 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $30.00

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