Karl Larsson



Published by

Paraguay Press

80 Pages

11 x 18.4 cm


Edition of 1000
Co-published with Index, Stockholm


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Parrot is the third book written by Swedish artist Karl Larsson, whose work consistently explores language, writing, and narrative in relation to historical and contemporary experiments in literature and art. Parrot originates from a research conducted by the artist on the work of Marcel Broodthaers, who famously withdrew from poetry and developed a fascination for birds – as in the famous piece from 1976 Ne dites pas que je ne l’ai pas dit.

Parrot by Karl Larsson is a 80-page long poetical essay – or maybe an analytical piece of poetry – about the repetition, the dissemination, and the crystallization of words and their meanings. It is a book about bodies, containers, and documents. It harbors, generates and repeats poetical statements. A parrot is a bird whose body is inhabited by others: it mimicks their language and creates comical and uncanny resemblances. It is a very beautiful bird.

Karl Larsson’s Parrot was produced in conjunction with the exhibition “Parrot” which gathers works by Marcel Broodthaers and Karl Larsson, at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sept.- Oct. 2010.