boltanski and feldmann qca exhibition 2017

death

Christian Boltanski
France

Kaddish (1998)
Boltanski brings four previous publications together in this monumental work: Menschlich (1994), Sachlich (1995), Oertlich (1997), Sterblich (1996) (humanity, materiality, locality, mortality). Kaddish is the Hebrew prayer for the souls of the dead and in this publication Boltanski presents his personal memorial using 1142 b&w collected and found photographs. The poignant images in Kaddish date from pre/during/and post World War II. They are intentionally blurred, just as our memories become blurred with time. Full-bleed duotone photograph images published to coincide with the artist’s exhibition at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1998. 27 x 22.5 x 5.5 cm. Edition unknown. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris with Gina Kehayoff Verlag. Photographer Carl Warner.
Ref:
Parr, Martin & Badger, Gerry 2006, The Photobook: A History volume II, Phaidon Press Limited, London. p. 127, 136, 172, 173 Illustrated), 226.

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions


Diese Kinder suchen ihre Eltern
(1994)
Boltanski’s preface: “In devastated post-war Germany, thousands of children were displaced or homeless. They did not know how to find their parents, and in some cases did not even know their own name or age. The Red Cross took up their cause, and printed posters with their photographs and information on special characteristics in an attempt to find a family for them again.
Now fifty years have passed, and when I look at the faces of these lost children I find myself trying to imagine what has become of them. They have become part of the post-war history of Germany with all its changes. Has fate brought them happy or unhappy lives, made them rich or poor? I should like to find them again. They are about my own age, and their history is similar in some ways to mine, to ours. We, too, are in search of our parents.”
Most of the photographs reproduced in Diese Kinder suchen ihre Eltern were taken by Hilmar Pabel 1946-1947. The Red Cross originally reproduced the photographs along with characteristics of the children and distributed them in an endeavour to trace their parents. Edition of 2000. Gina Kehayoff Verlag. Photographer Carl Warner.
Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions

Hans-Peter Feldmann
Germany

Die Toten (1998)
90 b&w photographs collected from newspapers of the period depict the violent deaths of almost 87 people and 3 missing people between 1967 and 1993. Deaths that resulted from the escalation of violence in Germany following the murder of student Benno Ohnesorg in 1967 and ended with the deaths of police officer Michael Newrzella and RAF member Wolfgang Grams in 1993. Feldman Verlag. Photographer Carl Warner.
Ref: 
Schraeren, Guy 1999, Hans-Peter Feldmann : Bücher, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen.
Parr, M. & Badger, G. The Photobook: A History Vol. II, Phaidon Press, London. p.157 (illustrated)

Collection: Centre for the Artist Book, grahame galleries + editions