WO 32/8061 [THE BOOK OF HOLES] (2016)
Type of book work: Editioned / printed work
Artist's / designer's statements
A hand-bound book with uncut pages, in a solander box with accompanying objects, comprising a limited edition of 4 with 1 artist's proof. Printed and bound by Heléne van Aswegen.
WO 32/8061 [The Book of Holes] features 172 sequential photographs, collated into a book with uncut pages, documenting the punch holes indiscriminately made in record WO 32/8061 - a collection of reports on the South African War held in the UK National Archives. Specifically, the photographs track the path of a treasury tag feeding into these haphazard holes, and the proximate sites of wounding. A link is thus suggested between the damage described in the reports, the damage of the punch-holes, and the wounding act of reading: because the pages of the book are uncut, accessing the contents necessitates violence.