Wht is a n occupation?

by Paul Chan


"Is an occupation a job or a calling?"

Is an occupation a job or a calling? If it is a job, why does it feel like petrified unrest? If it is a calling, why does it take so long to achieve?

Wht is ? is a series of handmade books and ebooks by Chan created using a special technique of overprinting images and texts onto existing sheets of book paper to create works that read like nothing else. The series premiered at the 2011 NY Art Book Fair. Each handmade book exists as an edition of one with two artist proofs, and as an ebook with a unique ISBN available on Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle.


ISBN: 978-1-936440-25-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936440-25-2

80 pages

7" X 8.5"


Paul Chan

Paul Chan is an artist who lives in New York. Chan is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honoring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. A surve... more