Publisher: Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 105124
First edition, first and only printing. Unbound, photographically illustrated cards contained in a black cloth-covered clamshell box, with title stamped in black on the cover. Photographs by Roni Horn. Unpaginated, with 56 four-color plates printed full-bleed on heavy matte cardstock by Steidl. 10-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 1,000 copies. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]
New in publisher's packaging and white cardboard box.
This is the ninth volume in the series of the work, To Place. To Place is an ongoing series of publications. Each volume is a unique dialogue addressing the relationship between identity and place. The books take as their starting point Iceland and the evolving experiences of the artist in this country.
From the publisher: "A collection of two-sided images, a set of cards. One face -- the glacial river Skaftá: changing and constant. One face -- a collection of possibilities: instances of ... a boy, an iceberg or two, some birds. Each card offers a hybrid or composite -- but the collection suggests the duplicitous nature of identity."
From Roni Horn (in a 1995 interview with Claudia Spinelli): "The entrance to all my work is the idea of an encyclopedia of identity. It is best represented by the books, the series called To Place, which is extremely important to me. I have been working on this since 1988. It's really the heart. It is a series of books, each one of which adds to the whole in a way that alters the identity of it retroactively. So the first volume appears to be a book of drawings. The second book was about a completely different subject but in the same format. With the third volume people start to realize something: 'Well, this looks like a series, so there must be some relationship. But I haven't a clue as to what it is.' Then there was the fourth volume, with texts and photographs. The books are this very slow process of accumulation in the period of a life, my life."