Thursday, November 11, 2010

Parking Lot Hydra.

Parking Lot Hydra. Photographs by Estelle Hanania. Decathlon Books, 2009. 50 pp., colour on white and green newsprint, 8½x11". Limited edition of 500 copies. Images from photo-eye and from More Paper/Estelle Hanania.

"Duncan Hamilton & Peter Sutherland created a publishing project in NYC called Decathlon Books. A collection of 10 titles to present artists, designers and photographers they think are interesting."

On of the artists in this series is photographer Estelle Hanania who's book for the project, 'Parking Lot Hydra', is a "unique documentation of a Balkan winter masquerade, in which men don elaborate feathered masks and long yak fur costumes.

Her vantage point is the parking lot surrounding the festival, a transitional space caught between banal reality and outlandish artifice. Here, traditional attire is heaped on top of modern cars, and teenagers remove their masks for cigarette breaks away from the proceedings.

An interview between Hanania and the publishers precedes the photographs."

To view the entire book have a look at this video. Also read an interview with Hanania and view images from her exhibition of these photographs at Tensta Konsthall here.

First quote from colette ; second quote from publisher's description.

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