Size: 220×290 mm Paperback Print length: 80 Edition: 200
Introducing our new project Atom, a book from visionary leather brand Fleet Ilya and interdisciplinary artist Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki. Atom is an exploration of desire, beauty, loneliness and introspection. It is also a reflection of our shifting understanding of the body and spaces we’ve inhabited in the last two turbulent years. The book comprises portraits of five heroines within their private spaces, still lives, immersive nature shots by Bazhenova-Yamasaki and poetic text by Beata Duvaker.
Polina Rukavichkina — I WILL RIP YOUR HEART OFF
Size: 220×260 mm Paperback Print length: 72 Edition: 12
The project «I will rip your heart out» explores my ex-flatmates life and our relationship. Shot entirely in our apartment, it tells a story about love and trust and overcoming hurt that comes with it. I follow Polina as she has fun, explores her sexuality but also rebels against adulthood. Immersion and intimacy of living together blurred the line between my life and hers. While making these pictures, I was constantly questioning myself whether I’m an observer or a participant, and the photographs meander between these points of view.
Vladimir Shinkarev — ONE MORE TIME
Size: 180×220 mm Paperback Print length: 68 Edition: 300
Our first joint project was the release of the catalog to Vladimir Shinkarev’s exhibition "One more time", which was held at pop/off/art gallery from March 3 to April 8, 2021. Shinkarev is a Soviet and Russian artist from art group “MITKI”, an ideologist of this movement. The exhibition included more than 40 paintings, combined in pairs.
The name of the exhibition formally expressed the essence of the Vladimir Shinkarev’s artistic methodology—recurrence of the same landscape motif. But the artist is not interested in the process of changing, but in unrelenting permanence and regularity, the prose of life, developing under a typical script, the scenery for which is the rational architecture of St. Petersburg. Referring repeatedly to the same landscape motif, the artist claims the inexhaustible potential of painting. At the same time, he is known for his ascetic approach: monochrome colors, lapidary form, monotony of texture.
The catalog contains reproductions of Shinkarev's works, the exhibition space, as well as texts by Sergei Nosov and Sergei Popov about the artist's work.
Size: 145×205 mm Hardcover Print length: 88 Edition: 35
NORMANDIE—is the debut book by Boring Kollektiv based between Moscow and Paris. We met with the Kollektiv's members Maria and Olga to collaborate and publish this beautiful project together. The book is comprised of a series of original photographs taken in Normandy, France and a collection of romantic French poetry by Kollektiv’s favourite authors: Paul Valéry, Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, and others. A melancholic research into the nature of solitude and dialogue between human being and the element.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHING HOUSE
SOYAPRESS publishing house was founded in 2018 in Moscow by Ivan Shpak. For a couple of years it had been focused on artist books and conceptual photobooks ranging from strictly limited riso-printed zines to massive research-based works (a vivid example of the latter is Ilya Batrakov's "Morok"). In 2023, Grigory Savchenko, Daniil Nebolsin and Mikhail Bordunovsky joined the editorial office and the activities of SOYAPRESS were expanded and supplemented with new directions.
The publishing policy of SOYAPRESS is motivated by the belief that materiality and visuality of a book are not something superficial or external to its meanings but should be considered as one of the key tools for creation of these meanings. We do not consider the book to be a selling package for disembodied text and strive to demonstrate the importance and complexity of visible, tactile and material elements of the book. We use a wide range of designs and printing technologies and implement each edition as a unique artifact which task is to create its own conditions for a recipient's perception and understanding. We consider literary and cultural forms as plastic and flexible materials that require constant experimentation and innovation, therefore we support authors who share this point of view with us. We avoid any rigid genre classifications: priority is given to hybrid, strange and innovative works and practices, and our task is to show why they are of no less importance than more habitualized forms.