A collaborative artist’s book by Kim Berman & Robbin Ami Silverberg, 2017
Dobbin Books, NY & Johannesburg, South Africa: 2017
Variable Edition of 7 (various pamphlet stitch bindings)
Drypoint and monoprint on Dobbin Mill papers with embedded detritus

Kakistocracy 1 copy
Kakis 1
Kakistocracy _02
Kakistocracy 2 copy
Kakis 3
Kakistocracy 3 copy
Kakis 2
Kakistocracy 1 copyKakis 1Kakistocracy _02Kakistocracy 2 copyKakistocracy_03Kakistocracy_05Kakis 3Kakistocracy 3 copyKakis 2

Kakistocracy is a term that has been used to describe a state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. It combines qualities of “nepotism, oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, demagoguery, alt-right values and a disturbing tendency toward fascist nationalism”. As artists from two nations both presenting as kleptocracies, we combined our perspectives and artistic styles to create this artist book by re-interpreting our landscapes as dumping grounds, and printing them on papers filled with detritus and worn with holes. The double pamphlet French-door structure allows for a myriad of presentations and enhances the non-linear exploration of these ideas.