Last spring and summer my dummy an essay on the concave city corner got shortlisted at Self Publish Riga 2018 (winner of the audience award) and Unseen 2018. And last but not least it has won the Photobook Week Aarhus 2018 dummy award! I’m very honoured and happy the jury selected an essay on the concave city corner as the winner from the top 3 finalists (myself, Kensaku Seki and Jens Schwarz). The jury motivated their choice as follows:
An essay on the concave corner is a book that does very much on very little. It explores the absurdity and beauty in photographing corners, that might be overlooked, and sets up an exaggerated system of measuring and analyzing what we see. Content and form work together in a radical way. With the slim format the book becomes an object, and the design emphasizes the tall photographs of corners. The many fold-outs works well, as they actually repeat the geometry of the corners. An essay on the concave corner is not just a photobook, it is also an artists book, and it tends to bridge the gaps, that there often are between those two disciplines.
I especially like the opening sentence, as it’s what I’m aiming for. Winning the award means that the dummy will be published by Photobook Week Aarhus in collaboration with Kvadrat and the Reflektor platform. It will distributed by Idea Books in a media partnership with European Photography. And it will be available through me too. So let me know if you are interested.
(photo credit: Kensaku Seki)
Some of my concave city corners photos were published in the InterCity section of Dérivations. The magazine is a biannual review that focuses on the city in all its facets. It offers analysis, inquiry, debate, art criticism, opinion texts, but also photography, drawings and comics. Dérivations wants to make the city a subject in its own right in a French-speaking Belgium that obviously disinvests its big cities. It’s available here.