Short Cuts 04 presents 4 new photobooks. It starts with Brice Krummenacker and concludes with The Plant Collection.
(1) Brice Krummenacker: Robert Maurice Debois (André Frère Éditions, 2019)
The Robert Maurice Debois book project comes from here and elsewhere. It is made from a collection of photographs from the human named Brice Krummenacker and tells the adventures of our hero: Robert Maurice Debois, the classiest being of the milky way, interstellar traveler, and extra ordinary alien – “Martian” is discriminatory, Robert is not from Mars!
He was born a long time ago, in a far away galaxy, on the planet Gaia, in the globular cluster M13. There, he randomly received the Arecibo message.
Curious to know why a seemingly intelligent specie went through the trouble of sending, 150 light years away from their home, a message as boring as the atomic number of hydrogen and carbon, he decided to go to earth and investigate.
(2) Hajime Kimura: Snowflakes Dog Man (Ceiba Editions, 2019)
Initially made in an artist edition of 69 at the Photobook as an Object Workshop at Reminders Photography Stronghold in 2015, Hajime Kimura’s Snowflakes Dog Man is now available as a trade edition. It respects not only the content, but also the hand made elements of the artist book version.
My father passed away in 2011. One day I got a call from my sister that he had cancer. Through a long time I had not been with him, he looked smaller at the last stages of his life. Somehow I took his photographs as a record, because I didn’t have any photographs of him. A few years after he was gone, I didn’t even expect that I’d made a project about this, simply because it was too heavy, and I had to clean up his belongings, which occupied his room. Moreover, I had not gotten along with him, so I wanted to forget.
As time passed though, I was getting settled. One day, when I took a walk with my father’s dog, I realised there was someone who didn’t know yet that my father passed away.
“How’s the old man with this black dog?”
“You are his son, aren’t you?”
All of a sudden, I was talked to by someone who had known my father and his dog while they took a walk. I didn’t know their promenade. But the dog already knew and led me the way, they’d had their routine over a long period. After I realised this, I felt a strangeness, as if he was still living, knowing that he was not living. At that point I was interested in knowing more about him, his relationship with his dog and the places where he had been through. After all, I tried to take photographs little by little, especially of the memories of him, to see whether I could interact again with a man who was already gone. That’s how Snowflakes Dog Man it became a project.
Hajime Kimura on the origin of his project Snowflakes Dog Man
(3) Jan Hoek; Duran Lantink; SistaazHood: Sistaaz of the Castle (Art Paper Editions, 2019)
Jan Hoek, fashion designer Duran Lantink and trans sex worker organisation SistaazHood present ‘Sistaaz of the Castle’, an ongoing project about the colorful looks and lives of transgender sex workers that roam the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.
Most of the girls are homeless, living under a bridge near Cape Town’s castle. The Sistaaz are eager activists, proud to be trans, proud to be a sex worker, and even prouder of their stunning sense of style.
A series of photographs and a fashion collection based on the girls’ appearance and their ability to turn whatever they find into the most exuberant outfits was created. This has already resulted in a fashion show at Amsterdam Fashion Week (a show in Cape Town in still on the wish list).
(4) Inge Meijer: The Plant Collection (Roma Publication, 2019)
When Willem Sandberg, the newly appointed director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, held an exhibition in 1946 in honour of Piet Mondriaan, he did something quite remarkable. He placed a Swiss cheese plant next to Mondrian’s paintings. For Sandberg, the aesthetic placement of a plant in the museum made a statement. No longer would the Stedelijk be an elite temple for art; rather, he wanted the public to become accustomed to contemporary art in a familiar, domestic environment. Artist Inge Meijer investigated the vanished and subsequently forgotten vegetation in the museum during the 1945-1983 period for this book, rendering its history once again visible.