Completing the series of Dublett publications, initiated by series editor Anne Szefer Karlsen, published by Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen, Norway, and edited by project editor Eva Rem Hansen, the last one has just arrived in the mail, on and with artist Elsebeth Jørgensen.
Like all the others in the Dublett series the book contains two parts: one with critical reflections on the artist’s practice by a range of very diverse writers, the other more of an artist’s book, held together in a shared cover. It’s been fascinating to work on copy-editing and proofing the texts for all of them, as – although the approach was the same in the way they look and are presented – each artist has taken ownership of the artist’s book aspect in a different way, which has for me underlined the notion of the artist’s book being a multi-faceted thing. This one was particularly interesting, as Elsebeth Jørgensen engages with the notion of archives – how they function and how they have been put together, as well as how they can be ‘read’. While the commissioned texts deal with historical and ontological aspects of the archive, the artist’s book, which is titled Ways of Losing Oneself in an Image, embodies Elsebeth’s exploration as a work in its own right.
Anne proudly posted an image of all four issues in the series, their colours working very well together too. The book were designed by Anti Grandpeople.