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Alex Selenitsch
Germany 1946, arrived Australia 1949

Ghost Series
Alex Selenitsch, Melbourne, 2001 – 2006

Some of the materials Selenitsch has utilised in producing these four books give the viewer an inkling about the ghosts of the four chief Second World War protagonists. Staples hold Hitler’s Germany together; a perforated steel dust-jacket wraps around Stalin’s spirit; Roosevelt rescues Europe with chicago screws and cotton thread betrays the vulnerability of Churchill’s threadbare England. In a nice twist the sale price for the series was $1945, the year of the Yalta agreement.


The Ghost of Adolf Hitler, 2001

71 staples through trimmed found book. 10.25 x 11.5 x 0.75 cms. One-of-a-kind


The Ghost of Winston Churchill, 2001

cotton thread stitching through found book. 28 x 21 x 0.5 cms. One-of-a-kind.

selenitsch - ghost - stalin

The Ghost of Joseph Stalin, 2003

Perforated steel dust-jacket on found book. 22 x 15 x 5.5 cms. One-of-a-kind


The Ghost of Theodore Delano Roosevelt, 2006

52 chicago screws through tissue on drilled found book. 30 x 25 x 1 cms.
Edition: unique.

Jenkins, J 2006, ‘Open and Closed’ in Imprint vol. 41 no 2 Winter 2006, p. 41.
Selenitsch, A and Wardell, M 2009, Recycled Library : Altered books, Artspace Mackay, Mackay 2009. pp. 29, 30. pp. 77-79 (illustrated).