Books are the best way to make an artwork travel on its own. They need to be done with a very special care, as they carry your thoughts around the world .
À bruit (a particular way of hunting) is my second book, after Visites and also my second crown-founding project.
I am pleased today to introduce you my photo series Rückkehr von der Jagd (Return from the Hunt) and Tiefe (Depths) whose motivates this appeal.
Rückkehr von der Jagd (return from the Hunt) is a series of photographs I made in November 2012 near the city of Görlitz in Germany.
This series comes after a long work on still-lives. I was always attracted with the still life of the XVII in Holland and refer to it when it comes about my work.
The following picture (untitled - intérieurs - 2002), part of this work on still-lives in private apartments, has been the starting point of the all idea. This clearly refers to Courbet.
The Return from the Hunt is a topos of classical painting from the XVII in Holland, as well as later by Chardin, and by Courbet.
This pictures take place, after the shooting but before the still lives. This is called "scramble for the spoils". All animals are brought back to the same place and celebrate by the hunters with fires and songs.
My pictures depict this moment juste before, where the animals are peacefully stretched out, eviscerated, and could almost be sleeping.
There is no reproach in the hunt; there is instead, light and silence. I tried to approach as a tribute to the beasts, their dead and still warm beauty, through special attention to their coats and hair, their poses, the coagulated blood on the wounds, the black holes in the bellies of the does, these emptied bodies that lie in the autumn light.
These photographs pay homage to the animals and inquire about the transition from life to death. It is interesting to me to put the images of hunting in dialog with those of the algae in ponds of the Weinberg Park, Tiefe (Depths), and the whole organic world, that is much more distant from us than animals. These are views of the beyond, perhaps, but so are the baths where the photographer develop his picture. They are playing with the limits between surface and depth.
I want the book to be an object made with care, in a simple way, but with precious details to pay the tribute to the animals and the nature: a poetic tribute. I want it in a small size and on a type of paper that absorbs the ink like the earth absorbs the blood from a hunt. For that reason we'll use an offset printing process.The paper is planned to be as soft and silky as the hair of animals.
A book where, in addition of the images, you will find a text (in french and with an english translation) by the french artist Damien Cadio, as a poetic mediation and dialogue in reverie with the images.
I have chosen The Green Box publishing house in Berlin because of their devotion to the hight quality artists books they publish.
I will finance a big part of the book, but I still need your support. Therefore I invite you to participate in this crowdfunding. I thank you in advance for your support you could bring to this project. Whatever amount you decide to engage it is already a great help.
Description and financing plan:
13 x 20 cm, 48 pages with about 25 photos, 4 colors offset process, hard cover, 500 copies. french/english.
The costs of the layout, the production, as well as the distribution of the book via The green box net on fairs and bookshop amount to a base of : 9.720 €. As the book is on it's way to be made, not all décisions have been made. For now adding costs are: inside paper in duo-tone: + 350 € , bookmark ribbon : + 320 € .
- So up to now the book will cost 10390 €.
Production, shipping and kickstarters costs (estimate): 600 €
I participate up to 6.000 € of the total amount with money I speared specially for that along last year.
That why I ask your help for the missing part of: 5000 € including VAT.
150 € : 1 signed book + 1 original print 15x15 cm (in 20x30 cm sheet) numbered and signed print, limited edition of 50 . This image is printed for the occasion and not included in the book.
250 €: 2 signed books + 2 original prints images 15x15 cm (in 20x30cm sheet) numbered and signed print, limited edition of 50 . Those images are printed for the occasion and not included in the book.
850 €: 2 signed books + 1 original print 30x30 cm (in 40x50cm sheet) numbered and signed print, limited edition of 7. You can choose between 3 different motives.
1050 €: 2 signed books + 1 original print 30x30 cm (in 40x50 cm sheet) numbered and signed print, limited edition of 5, with a handwritten extract of the text in french.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges to any print project but I have all the confidence that October 2016 estimated delivery date is very attainable. If any unforeseeable delays emerge, you can rest assured that I will communicate with all of our backers and work very hard to get the book and other rewards on your doorstep as soon as possible.
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