Sochi is the site of several large-scale sports events: the city hosted the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and will host some matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, Sochi is destined to be the site of the “Russian Grand Prix” Formula 1 races, starting in 2014.
The artists Alina Schmuch and Franca Scholz have visited the city on the Black Sea coast by invitation of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. Losk is the result of their journey. The book presents everyday life and strange objects in the urban space. “Losk”—meaning glow or sheen in Russian—focuses on the surfaces of Russian society: floors, interiors, pavings, facades. The surfaces are inscribed with the fantasy of wealth and importance, but also with the persistent signs of poverty and the resonance of the Socialist past. — Jan Wenzel

278 × 205 mm, 140 pages, thread-sewn paperback, English
text: Joseph Grima and Simon Bieling
graphic design: Nadja Schoch and Tanja Schüz
Spector Books, Leipzig 2013

Hausen – Konkrete Substanz oder die Möglichkeit einer Sitzgruppe in cooperation with Franca Scholz, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2014