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In 2014, Marisa J. Futernick drove nearly ten thousand miles across America, visiting all thirteen of the country's Presidential libraries along the way. 13 Presidents is the result: an artist's book that combines photographs from the journey with a suite of short stories. Mixing fact and fiction, each President from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush is a protagonist in this collection of unexpected portraits.

The photographs, shot on analogue film, depict the everyday details of the towns that these men are from, including the homes where they were born, and their final resting places. 13 Presidents weaves together personal narrative with wider cultural observation, forming a vision of America that is both invented and true.

13 Presidents is published by Slimvolume (UK), 2016. Distributed by Cornerhouse Publications

• 13 Presidents: A Reading Room Exhibition was at Arnolfini, Bristol (UK), 18 October - 13 November 2016

A series of talks and events took place in autumn 2016 at institutions and art spaces in the US and the UK, including:

- The Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY
- Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, NY (Futernick in conversation with curator Emma Enderby, Public Art Fund and Rice + Toye): listen online
- Harvard University, The Roosevelt Suite, Adams House, Cambridge, MA
- Cover Books, Atlanta, GA, hosted by ART PAPERS magazine
- Human Resources, Los Angeles (in conversation with artist/writer/musician Steve Kado)
- BOOK SHOW, Highland Park, Los Angeles
- The British Library (in conversation with BBC Radio 4's Justin Webb)
- University College London, Institute of the Americas (in conversation with Professor Iwan Morgan): listen online
- Arnolfini, Bristol
- ICA, London: Tuesday 8 November - Election Day (UK book launch and symposium)

13 Presidents: A Radio Series, presented by Rice + Toye, airs on Dublab Radio, March 2017

• In advance of the release of the book, ART PAPERS magazine published a 9-page story from the book, with photographs, in their November/December 2015 issue (read online)

The project is supported in part by the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise, Arts Council England, and the British Council Artists' International Development Fund

•13 Presidents was shortlisted for the BarTur Photobook Award from The Photographers' Gallery, London

At the culmination of the road trip, Futernick gave an artist's talk, reading, and slide show at Ibid. Projects, Los Angeles

Listen to 13 sound postcards from the road trip here