A Manual for Silence is a photo-text booklet based on an ongoing sequence of photographs bearing the same title. Images may tell the narrative, the testimony, via its absence — the vacancy of the subject. Text conjures images by beleaguering the unspeakable — pasting words and sentences onto the invisible form until it reveals a wireframe of the object.
Perhaps there — behind this impediment, the existence of it all is to be found. In the failed correspondence of mumbling planes and shards of breached conventions. In the imminent erosion of understanding, solely a silent touch can soothe.
By The Way
Book Specs: 17 x 24 cm; 112 pages; 64 images; Hard cover; CMYK offset; 300 copies; Concept by Rene Maurin and Matej Dečko; Design by Matej Dečko. Available here.
Rene Maurin (*1971) is a Slovene author marked by infidelity to mediums as he roams cinematic, stage, and recent, photographic expressions. After graduation in performing arts, he filmed a series of documentaries for the Slovenian National Television and won the attention of audiences and critics with films such as “I saw Elvis!” (1999) and “Life, as from inside” (2000).
He dedicates the next decade to theatre and takes over the management of Ptuj City Theatre in Slovenia.
In 2013 he co-founds with Matjaž Wenzel the magazine REBUS. He lives and works chiefly but not exclusively in Slovenia.