Artist Book: Ori Gersht (Collector’s Edition)

Artist Book: Ori Gersht is conceived by the artist as a piece of work in its own right, composed of three volumes, each taking a separate Gersht film work as its subject; EvadersWill You Dance For Me and Offering.
 
All three film works disguise dark and complex themes beneath seductive or hypnotic imagery. Will You Dance For Me depicts an 85-year-old dancer swaying back and forth in a rocking chair, slowly recounting her experiences as a young woman in Auschwitz. Evaders explores Walter Bernjamin’s ill fated escape from Nazi occupied France along the mountainous Lister Route. Offering presents a contemporary matador preparing for a bullfight and an expectant audience.
 
These small and intimate books reflect on the creative thought process behind the making of each film. Together they create a seamless visual narrative and an insight into the mind of the artist. Each volume combines sources that have influenced Gersht including film stills, screen grabs, music videos and art historical paintings. From page to page they combine with Gersht’s own drawings, sketches, photographs and works from his wider portfolio that he considers relevant to these final film works.
 
All of the images, original, found and sourced are treated equally and have been edited into sequences by the artist. The relationships between the images are not intended to be didactic but attempt to create a new experience from Gersht’s ideas and to contextualize his working process.
 
Robert Rowland Smith, author of the Kindle number one bestseller Breakfast with Socrates, has written the accompanying softback text Gersht’s Ghosts. The essay explores the themes of all three works and makes connections between the sourced, found and comparative images.
 

This publication accompanies the exhibition This Storm is What We Call Progress, co-curated with Photoworks, showing at Imperial War Museum, London  25 January – 29 April 2012.

Published by Photoworks, Edited by Celia Davies, Designed by SMITH, Printed by EBS.

Details:

Foil embossed Effalin presentation box

3 x 73 page, 4 colour, signed hardback
1 x 24 page softback
each 150x135mm landscape format

2 x 160x210mm signed and numbered Archival pigment prints on Hahnemuhle, Photo Rag Pearl paper

Publisher:

Photoworks

Availability: yes Retailer Links: http://www.photoworks.org.uk/programme/publications/artist-book-ori-gersht

Related Artists:
Ori Gersht

Inquiries:
Inquiries regarding this publication should be directed to info@crggallery.com.