Bruce Connew: folded eggs
Design Catherine Griffiths and Bruce Connew
Typography Catherine Griffiths
Soft-back, Kraft-paper jacket, 100 pages
Section sewn, exposed binding, 200 x 130mm,
upright 53 colour photographs
Printed in Hong Kong
EDITION of 600
‘folded eggs’ was published 2018 by Vapour Momenta Books, the pocket-sized publishing arm of Catherine Griffiths and Bruce Connew.
It emerged after a journey from my home in New Zealand to grandchildren in Santiago. It was an inadvertent project from images made without clear purpose in a country whose recent history I understood. My own country’s history became implicated.
‘folded eggs’ is an artist book, a modest meditation on history and memory, with 53 colour images made in Chile, from Valparaíso to Santiago, and a concise Connew essay across Allende and Pinochet to New Zealand’s colonial wars.
The artist book is a simple, tactile, soft-back artist book, printed offset on beautiful German paper with a wrap-around, Risograph-printed, Kraft-paper cover. The essay runs as a single line, below the images and centred in the book, so the essay neither begins at the start nor finishes at the end — the visual and textual reading is at once “filmic and poetic”.
It printed late May 2018 for a September release with @photoq_bookshop at Unseen Amsterdam. The next signing was at Hamburger Bahnhof Art Book Fair, Berlin, October 2018, then during Paris Photo 2018 with the inimitable Andrea Copetti, Tipi Bookshop, Brussels, aboard Sebastian Hau’s pumping Polycopies on the Seine.