The book Rosa presents the work of Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia (born 1980) in the last ten years. The first monographic publication by Barsuglia is not a work catalog in the classic sense, but a book featuring a balanced proportion of illustrations and texts. While the various work groups, project documentations and solo works are described in texts by various authors, which do not refer solely to the artistic aspect but also the respective underlying topics (such as economics, ecology, sociology, medicine), a pink-colored headline text runs through the entire book and guides the reader from one picture and text passage to the next like passengers of a cruise ship hopping from one island to another, from one harbor to the next.
The reader also finds out on what date, at what time and in what place (s)he can meet the artist in person every year from now on in order to get a picture drawn free of charge by him on the empty double page 190/191.
The book’s final section (pages 198–220) is devoted to the Open Mouth text on the sexual use of oral hygiene products. This text is part of a comprehensive artistic work aimed at explaining a previously unclassified sexual predilection, known as “oderflaism”. Open Mouth fits into the category of literary works The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade, 1785 (sadism) and Venus in Fur by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, 1870 (masochism). The publication of the book Rosa will lead to entries being made in dictionaries, which will help spread knowledge about the sexual predilection “oderflaism” and promote independent research projects on social and sexual studies.