Tom Phillips - A Humument (1966-73)
“In 1966 Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junkshop on Peckham Rye, South London. This was an 1892 Victorian obscurity titled A Human Document by W.H Mallock and he titled his altered book A Humument.
The first version of all 367 treated pages was published in 1973 since when there have been four revised editions. A Humument is now one of the best known and loved of all 20th Century artist’s books and is regarded as a seminal classic of postmodern art.”
Makoto Aida, A Path Between Rice Fields (1991)
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DAY 18 - Dimitra Kountiou
Mother Ganges is considered a sacred river and every year thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit her to bathe in the waters. They call her Ganga Mata (Mother Ganges). She is the giver of Life, the one who purifies from sin, the one who cleanses body and soul.
The myth tells us that Ganga, who was a beautiful young Goddess, was sent to earth to purify people from sin, as a punishment, and that, when she descended, Shiva opened his hair to catch her, as her force was so ferocious.
Until today, she continues to be adored and her value is precious. I travelled along the Ganges, visiting important pilgrimage sites, exploring the relationship of pilgrims with Mother Ganges, capturing their traditions, their affection and feelings and their devotion.
Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the American South, escorted by U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower for her safety. 14 November, 1960
1200 ping pong balls create optical illusion by Artist Michael Murphy
Layered Photographs by Nerhol, the photograpy collective which includes Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Liada. This is their latest project and consists of piles of photographs rather than a single image. Their subjects sat for three minutes while they took several pictures of them and then the prints were stacked and cut to reveal the layers, resulting in a warping of the subject’s subtle movements.