Following onestar press’ inaugural tray project by Lawrence Weiner, we are proud to present Rirkrit Tiravanija’s FEAR EATS THE SOUL.
Here Tiravanija has appropriated his text from the title of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul a film which still resonates today with its vibrant questions of race and class raised in 1970s Germany.
The 4-worded phrase used by Rirkrit literally “serves” as a cornerstone of his artistic practice, using appropriated language to underscore the exploration between art and food, and now perfectly encapsulated in a fiberglass tray produced by Cambro, Huntington Beach, CA U.S.A



The cosmopolitan, international artist Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires, the son of a diplomat and a surgeon. His work  focuses primarily on social relations between and within groups of people. His installations, performances, and programs commonly rely on forms of open-ended audience participation and activism. His work is conceptual and has been central to the concept of "relational aesthetics" as theorized by the curator Nicolas Bourriaud in the 1990s.


Starting in the 1990s, he began staging events in galleries wherein he would cook Thai food for visitors. These actions encouraged active participation and exchange, the audience being integral to the work rather than taking on a position of spectatorship and were sometimes combined with the distribution of recipes, encouraging the participants to extend and recreate the communion. Other projects have encouraged political protest or conversation and include architectural elements conducive to such events.


About the publisher:

Three Star Books publishes books and editions with the finest contemporary artists.Founded in 2007 and based in Paris, France, Three Star Books is owned and managed by Christophe Boutin and Mélanie Scarciglia with Maddalena Quarta overseeing production. How we define the page or “book” is ever changing, and the term “Artist book” is interpreted loosely, as the final product often exceeds the physical and conceptual parameters of publishing. We bring to the artist our know-how, and present a full spectrum of possibilities to choose the most suited techniques to make a book that is as close as possible to their original vision. At Three Star Books, the Artist is Everything.

FEAR EATS THE SOUL by Rirkrit Tiravanija