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WO 32/8061 [The Book Of Holes]

Item date(s): 2016

Maureen de Jager
Heléne van Aswegen  - (bookbinding by)

Size: 220 x 180 x 100mm
Binding: Hand bound; Clamshell/solander box
Technique: Digital print
Edition: #1/4 with 1 artist`s proof

Theme(s): South African War record

Place publication: Grahamstown
Publisher: The artist
Exhibition 2017

Reference note:
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

A hand-bound book with uncut pages, in a solander box with accompanying objects

Exhibition notes:
‘Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books’.

FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg.

Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon.

24 March - 5 May 2017

Ref: DP/17058

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