The 9 Books

Sappho Books at Nomantinels | photography and artist’s books exhibition

The semester in Bratislava has finished with an exhibition of the resulting works, which is the first but not the only one planned. Many thanks to Marek Godovič, Eva Sakalova, Andrej Kuruc, Robert Pakan and many others who embraced the idea and helped to make it happen.

Photography and artist’s book exhibition of an art project created during the Erasmus+ semester at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava, supported by Foundation of International Education. The “sixth book inspired by Sappho” is a part of a three years long project meant to create nine artist’s books inspired by poetry and the persona of the ancient poetess Sappho. The 9 Books are author’s PhD theme at The E.Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland.

The process of creating the nine books inspires to explore not only various media and to question what a book itself really is, but also the subjects brought up by Sappho’s original fragments preserved until today on shredded pieces of papyri, and in various translations of them made by modern poets and interpreters. Many of the books were created in collaboration with other artists, such as printmakers, multimedia artists and theatre people; starting from actresses who performed the character of Sappho in various interpretations, as well as related topics. By reclaiming Sappho for the 21st century one encounters all kinds of (mis)understandings and (mis)interpretations; from straightwashing by a professor of classical literature, to “Sappho bot” on Twitter. Being controversial and largely forgotten at the same time, the poetess continues to inspire new artworks, challenges, questions and adventures. One truth remains: whatever we think or understand about Sappho says more about ourselves than about her.

  • Studio 12, Jakubovo námestie 12, 813 57 Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Exhibition available for viewing throughout February 2017
  • Photography & book design: Anna Juchnowicz
  • Book created during Creation of the Photobook course
    at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (AFAD)
    Pedagogues: Olja Triaška Stefanovič, Juraj Blaško, ArtD
  • Under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Jana Hojstričová, ArtD
  • Thanks to theatre Nomantinels
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