msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush
Page-turner aims to disseminate a critical understanding of the intersection between photography and the artist’s book. Initiated at the Lisbon Photobook Fair in 2015, Page-turner became a mobile project and its latest iteration happened in Aarhus, part of the Photobook Week 2021. Page-turner is a hyperbolic definition of the photobook medium, with its haptic strategies of engagement: let the hand do its work, unfold the book form and play with its traditionally recognisable features— page, double spread, textual and paratextual elements — as a multisensory experience. An expanded notion of photographic art where humour, everyday and the archive can be experienced.
Title: Maria Oliveira
Description: Aspects of the territory and its mutations over
time where a dynamic and interactive dialogue is created.
Page-turner has developed a methodology
for research-driven photobookworks.
Here are the five anchors of this practice:
1. The photographic collection:
ways to handle a large number of photographs,
using the group/series/sequence formula;
2. The story-showing technique:
a documentary approach to elevate the
photographs to lived experience;
3. The photo-text authorial position:
combine photographs with text and typography
for a playful reading experience ;
4. The haptic mode:
the sensorial and materiality identity of the book
object engages the reader’s sense of touch;
5. The book dummy:
handmade maquette used for project
development and showcase work in progress.
Author: Simon Deprez
Description: 2.2pH is the portrait of an old iron mine in Andaluzia.
The exploitation of iron left behind a hostile space, of a rusty color
very similar to Mars, to the point that NASA uses it for its scientific
projects of microbiological life in hostile environments
Format: softer cover (100 gsm) for each volume,
encased in a harder shell (160gsm)
Size: 29,7x42 cm (folded A2) in a polyclear bag
Title: Way I see
Author: MARIA SANTO
Description: This photobook, more an object than a book in its traditional sense, is based on the project “The way I see” developed during the second half of 2015. From the capture of photographic images, using analog and medium format cameras, I tried to mimic the process of looking, valuing especially its deconstruction. Through the fragmentation of the whole, the breakdown of the ensemble into its pieces, I try to show the impossibility of full knowledge or general perception of an event or fact. The images were originally printed using Platinum process on Arches Rives paper. These hand-made printes were scanned and used for the book’s digital printing process.
Details: Bookwork made of 7 sheets of variable dimensions (one for the colophon
and 6 prints) folded, black and white inkjet prints on cotton paper,inserted in two
cardboard linen covers wrapped with rubber band. Embossed title;
Tipped in signed original print
1. 30 x 30 cm no fold, the colophon
2. 30 x 30 cm no fold,
3. 30 x 90 cm two folds, – horizontal
4. 90 x 30 cm two folds, - vertical
5. 60 x 90 cm three folds,
6. 90 x 90 cm four folds,
7. 90 x 90 cm four folds
Description: I delete parts of the images so they can be better seen.
I let the mistake take place, undo and dilute the photographs in subtle
sensations. Sometimes I cover them with a light acrylic white mist, or retail
them and form new compositions. I see my photos inside out. Words are
like crystals, fragmenting into images. I sweep across the sites,
almost all have names, I identify them on my map, and return.
The body is a strange box.The black and white, the lost time, the
smudges and the parasite particles in the images.
I like terminals sites, of objects left behind, destitute.
Incongruity draws me in.
Pages: 20 Paper: 90gsm, digital print, customized with acrylic prints
on linoleum stamps Format: Softcover Size: 14,5 x 21 cm
Details: Tipped-in original photograph printed in b&w darkroom
Description: An artistic project based on my experience as an exhibition assistant at the Berardo museum. Working as an exhibition assistant gave me a broader view of the public's perception of art and the place of an artistic institution of modern and contemporary art in society. The exhibition assistant is in the gap between the exterior and interior of the museum. From the outside in, it is the agent of interaction between the public and the museum. From the inside out, it is at the bottom of the food chain and observes the internal dynamics of the different departments.
Two photozines 14.8 x 21 cm, colour laser printing hand bound pamphlet stitch
Title: Because Your Hearth Overtook you [+more]
Author: Pippa Healy
Description: Project photographed in Tokyo,
explores grieving- living with loss.
‘Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering’
Description: The photographic archive of two trips - India / 2007 and India-Nepal/ 2008 - is the starting point for the construction of a new journey in 2015, combining the images with different types of graphic material. This bookwork is the record of this third trip, to a symbolic east, where the linear chronology is lost and the flow of Ganga guides the sequencing, in the shape of a constellation.
Pages: 240 (3x80) three volumes 80 pages each
Paper: fedrigoni paper (80gsm)
Size: 13 x 21 cm
Cover: cardstock 240 gsm
Binding: 3 individual notebooks with leather cover leather wrapped
with elastic Midori style system. Each notebook: stitching visible in the spine
Título: Dictionnaire poétique
Author: Marion Gouges
Description: Dialogue between the words of Lambert Clet and the photography
of Marion Gouges, offering the reader a new definition for each of the chosen
words; a poetic reflection of two visions of the world gathered in a book.
Pages: three volumes 20 pages each
Paper: fedrigoni paper (90gsm)
Format: softer cover (100 gsm) for each
volume, encased in a hard shell (160gsm)
Size: 14,5 x 21 cm
Binding: three hole pamphlet stitch
Títle: Álbum 02
Author: Daniela de Moraes
Description: Album 02 [working title] is a process book using
family photographs from my son’s grandfather who commited
suicide in 1990 when he turned 40. Unlike a traditional family
album, the people surrounding him have been cut-out from the
photos, leaving the main character on his own.
The book is part of the project Serra da Ermida 357 which is
still in development, and received the PROAC No. 16/2015
São Paulo Visual Arts Artist’s book Award. [+ more]
Paper: Tracing paper (90gsm)
Size: 14,5 x 21 cm
Binding: Japanese stab binding
Photobook works by the PAGE-TURNER team