Final Project, January 2010

I’ve really enjoyed working on my final project at the ICI. My project consists of a selection of 19 books from various sections of the archive. Guided by aspects of Roland Barthes philosophy on photography and patterns of images I found in various works, I compiled and chose my selections.

The 19 books featured in the collection represent the diverse and wide-ranging nature of the Institute’s archive. Books featured include everything from a children’s book from the 1960s on dummies (It’s Smart to Use a Dummy) and Frida Kahlo’s illustrated diaries (Diario: Autorretrato Intima) to a book from the early 1900s denouncing white slavery (Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls). The resulting copies of the books will be bound into a single book, and will serve to showcase the serendipitous connections that the Archive may cause a reader to make on her own.

Here is an image of the 19 books, along with their 19 copies that will be featured as part of the Portable Archive:

Lise and Anna will finish the final steps of making the handmade book, which will hold the individual copies of the books. I am very excited to see the completed product.

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