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All human beings / concept, design, photos and binding by Monica Oppen
Bib ID 8126588
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Oppen, Monica, book artist, binder
 
Description [Stanmore, New South Wales] : Ant Press, 2019 
44 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 17.5 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm, in clam-shell box 19 x 16.5 x 3.1 cm. 
Notes

Statement of responsibility from colophon.

Photographic images by Monica Oppen, shot on Central Station, Sydney, printed by Avril Makula on Epson archival matte paper with pigment inks. Text from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (specifically articles 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 28) and The Power of Hope (2018) by Kon Karapanagiotidis

Limited edtion of 6 copies.

National Library of Australia's SR copy is no. 3/6 and signed by the artist.

“This work, All Human Beings, is a response to The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne. Aside from being a memoir The Power of Hope is also a call to action. Action can take many forms but the beginnings of all action lie within us and the connection of our humanity to the shared humanity of all people. Karapanagiotidis calls us to be more compassionate. It is this aspect of his book that I have picked up on. Recently my attention was drawn back to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document reads as radical in this current era of ‘tribalism’ and rejection and fear of the Other. I have paired pertinent quotes from Karapanagiotidis’ writing with a selection of articles from the Declaration and illustrated the book with photos of people, just random people. They could be you, me, us, them. The photos were taken on Central Station in Sydney. I chose this location because of the randomness of those passing through and because the movement of particular people, asylum seekers, has become such a contentious issue.’ –Artist’s statement.

Binding

Drum-leaf binding. Cased-in cover with record linen and onlay puzzle pieces. Housed in a clamshell drop-side box lined with sections of a world map. Each binding and box is similar but unique. 

Subjects Human rights.  |  Artists' books -- New South Wales -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Karapanagiotidis, Kon. Power of hope  |  Makula, Avril, printer  |  United Nations. General Assembly. Universal Declaration of Human Rights  |  Ant Press, issuing body
Exhibited Guild 19: an exhibition of recent works by members of the Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild, Civic Library Mezzanine Gallery, London Circuit, Canberra, 13 September to 5 October 2019. 

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