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The word ‘history’ and the English word ‘story’ both originate from the Latin ‘historia’, meaning a narrative or account of past events. History is itself a collection of thousands of stories about the past, told by many different people.
Words have always been used to communicate and share stories, but today we also have a constant stream of digital images passing before our eyes. More than 1.5 billion photos are shared every day on social media sites.
I am working with artist’s books which for me is a unique form of communication. Besides working with words and photographs, I like to experiment with techniques and materials to find new ways to manifest ideas.
As a starting point for several artist’s books, I have been thinking of what ‘History’ is to me. Not focusing on facts about a specific period or event, but rather seeing it as a personal notion and a visually evocative concept.
The first artist’s book project for IMPACT 11 is ‘Small Stories’: a series of three to five small artist’s photobooks. The images are printed as photogravures and juxtaposed from an associative principle. The leporello format is chosen to get the feeling of an ‘image stream’. The size of each photographic print is 6 x 11 cm, corresponding to the screen of an ordinary mobile phone.
The second artist’s book for IMPACT 11 is ‘The White Book of War’: an artist’s book with words embroidered on paper (leporello format) with printed texture made as blind embossing.