EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber
EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Photographs: Sophie Ristelhueber

Text: Rex Warner

Publisher: self published

62 pages

Pictures: 14

Year: 1994

Comments: Stapled softcover, 14 x 9 cm, b&w photographs. Frontcover is faded otherwise the book is in very good condition. Extremely rare publication! Signed by Sophie Ristelhueber.

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Every One (1994) is a series of photographs created after the artist’s visit to Yugoslavia, in 1991, at the beginning of its fratricidal war. The subject of this series is simply a wound, a scar, and not that specific injury documented on the spot. In her characteristic way, Ristelhueber presents us with a segment of a body captured in the manner of medical documentation. It is, as always, a mutilated fragment we are confronted with, in this case following a serious operation. The black and white photographs depict the dark, frayed zigzag of a suture, deceptively similar to the enigmatic lines covering the surface of the Kuwaiti desert in Fait(1992), an earlier series. In defiance of the precepts of documentary purity, these photographs of post-operation scars were taken in France, in a Parisian hospital.

Every One is a series devoted less to war (or documentary war photography) than to the memory of destruction that a conflict leaves in its wake. This is a pars pro toto, a scar in place of the anger that boils in a witness, which precludes a peaceful existence; a scar instead of an image of the war in its entirety, instead of thousands of photographs of a ravaged Sarajevo. The scar bespeaks the wound, the gunshot, the pain. And the scar remains.

 


Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

Sophie Ristelhueber,EVERY ONE (SIGNED)

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