LIMITED EDITION - Bram Van Stappen - RATIO
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PRE-SALE - LIMITED EDITION
A LETTER TO THE 117 BACKERS
In April/May 2021 you participated as a 'backer' for my new series RATIO. This book has become reality now and will be distributed as from August 2022. I would like to offer you the opportunity to collect a special edition of this publication with a unique art print of your own back. RATIO will be published in an edition of 500 copies including 117 limited edition copies, signed, numbered and accompanied by an inkjet print on fine art paper (60,00 EUR). You can pre-order your exclusive copy via [email protected] or via +32 486 42 12 61. The regular edition will be sold in bookshops worldwide at 40,00 EUR and via stockmansartbooks.be
As from now your back is part of my visual archive with all its perfections and imperfections. Or in Nietzsche's words: we are human, all too human.
A glance and a silent body, trapped in a common,
but non-reciprocal situation.
-Michel Foucault, in: The Birth of the Clinic
The work Ratio consists of 117 images featuring the same number of naked men and women photographed from behind. Bram Van Stappen made the series as part of the exhibition Back, organised in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2021. Over a period of six weeks, the photographer set up a field studio and invited visitors to undress and take place in front of the camera, yet face the opposite direction. Set in a generic surrounding and central composition, evenly lit and tightly cropped, the resultant black-and-white images display a form of (anti)portraiture that seems above all to be a study in paradox. For how do we read this collection of head- and legless torsos that do not even face us? How can bodies this naked and exposed appear so walled off and private? So unique and at the same time universal?
Excerpt from text by Dominique Somers
|Measurements:||165 x 220 mm|
|Number of pages:||136|