State Paintings

“State Paintings”, 2008

Künstlerbuch / Artist book
Ledereinband / Leather Cover, 24
Abbildungen / images, je / each 20 × 30 cm, Inkjetdruck auf Baumwollpapier /
ink-jet print on cotton paper, 12 Seiten / 12 pages, 45 × 58 × 5,7 cm

One's passport as an officially binding legal document is proof not only of one's personal identity but also of one's nationality - and, as such, an indispensable travel document to be shown at border checkpoints.
The artist's book State Paintings shows 24 enlarged details of the patterns from various countries' passports. These detail shots change into images consisting of abstract decorative lines, which no longer have any recognisable link with their original function. Stefanie Müller

 - Installation view - Kunsthalle Mannheim,foto: C.Yücetas Installation view - Kunsthalle Mannheim,foto: C.Yücetas State Paintings - Example 1 State Paintings - Example 2 State Paintings - Example 3 State Paintings - Example 4  -  -  -  -