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Het Festival

Artwork date(s): 2010

Marina Herbst

Medium: Digital printed media
Measurements: 250mm
Edition: Unique

Type: South African Artists Book

Place publication: (Potchefstroom, RSA)
Publisher: The artist

Reference noteThe title of the book is “Het Festival”, translated from Dutch as 'the festival'. The book is a celebration of a unique combination of eight character traits typical of my personality; it is an ode to a life thus far. The metaphor conceived to depict these traits visually is structured under a central theme of mountains as geological elements and permanent, timeless structures of nature. Each of these eight traits are stated in a personal, made-up Flemish idiom, and further illustrated by a structural diagram and followed by a pen-and-ink drawing of a mountainesque formation. The cards between the pages - in the form of large playing cards - each hold an individual explanation to the interpretation of each set of visuals as well as the idiom. I used the metaphor of playing cards as a way to express the difficulty in making decisions which can change the course and the outcome of a person's life, similar to playing a card game. These cards are supposed to be sealed in separate cotton bags, leaving a sense of mystery with the viewer of the book, as it is not my wish for everyone to read it. On the accompanying poster, a piece of appropriate literature appears, complementing my concept - “Die Berg” by Breyten Breytenbach. The book is of a self-exploratory nature and should be interpreted in such a manner for it to be sensible to the viewer.

Exhibition notesIncluded on the exhibition 'Transgressions and Boundaries of the Page', exhibited at WOORDFEES 2010. Archive Room in JS Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, 1st - 6th March 2010; The Gallery of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 15th April - 13th May 2010; the FADA Gallery, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, 12th – 30th July 2010.

Ref: DP10/71

Images courtesy Wessie van der Westhuizen NWU
Total images: 6

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