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Emma Willemse

Cape Town


Type of book work: Installation and performative intervention
Dimensions: variable, according to the space of table
Media: Discarded parquet floor blocks, paper, bookbinding fabric, digital prints, linocut, etching, inks, charcoal, pen, performative intervention

Artist's / designer's statements

21 handmade sculptural bookworks on a trestle table. Using a sand-timer as cue, artist re-curates the space on an hourly basis, re-enacting an attempted resettlement.

101 Ways to Long for a Home is part of a long-term project, conceived as an imaginary manual and archival tool to record and re-imagine ways to process the loss of a home through technically varied books, all between covers constructed from inverted discarded parquet floor blocks.

The ironic title alludes to the quick-fix solutions of self-help books. Instead, the expressly stated quantity of books to be constructed in this project, 101, reference infinity and complexity; challenging and subverting notions that trauma due to displacement can be theorized in traditional ways.



1982 BA (FA), (PU for CHE), South Africa
1984 HDLib (PU for CHE), South Africa
1998 Hons B Bibl, (UNISA), South Africa
2006 Adv Dip Visual Art, (UNISA), South Africa
2011 Masters in Visual Art, (UNISA), South Africa


2016 100 Geographies group show, Stellenbosch Museum, Stellenbosch
2016 Turbine Art Fair solo show: installation of artist's books, Johannesburg
2016 Dak'Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2015 South African art prints with 20 artists show, Grenchen Triennale, Switzerland


Eindhoven Collection: Nando's Central Kitchen, Johannesburg
Art Bank Johannesburg
SA Embassy, Beijing, China
Potchefstroom University

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