Backs of books
Searching for absence / ongoing archive includes over 100 images of library books.

“In a certain sense, life really begins when the story comes to an end” Danto.

The back cover of a book can inform us of its contents, but can at the same time reveal different kinds of insights. This project is concerned with capturing the book as an object and revealing unnoticed information that carry on the surfaces. Photographing the back covers pauses the on-going process of alteration and inevitable disintegration, whilst simultaneously making apparent the concrete evidence of the past on these surfaces; documenting these traces as a kind of map, a cartography of them as objects and of their unique experience or passage in the world.

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On drawing and painting trees (1936)
C-type print, perspex reverse
mounted onto aluminium
1520mm x 1200mm

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Wildlife conservation yearbook (1984)
C-type print, perspex reverse
mounted onto aluminium
1520mm x 1200mm

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The moon and the planets (1963)
C-type print, perspex reverse
mounted onto aluminium
1520mm x 1200mm

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Coptic art (1971)
C-type print, perspex reverse
mounted onto aluminium
1520mm x 1200mm

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The nude male: a new perspective (1978)
C-type print, perspex reverse
mounted onto aluminium
1520mm x 1200mm

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Southern harvest (1943)
C-type print, perspex reverse
mounted onto aluminium
1520mm x 1200mm