Magdalena Reznik, “De las putas confesiones (On the Confessions of Strumpets)”
This is a partial view of the open box with the cubes, both the two on velvet and the seven with the printed poems and the photogravure intaglios on Japanese Tengujo paper and handmade paper.
Detail of the open box with the title handwritten on a mirror.
Partial view of 2 cubes. The effect of depth that comes from both intaglio photogravure on Japanese Tengujo and handmade paper.
Intaglio Photogravure on both Japanese Tengujo and handmade paper.
5 cubes on a vertical perspective.
Artist: Magdalena Reznik (Capital Federal, Argentina)
Title: De las putas confesiones (On the Confessions of Strumpets) (2012)
Medium/technique(s): 7 cubes with poems printed on handmade paper and photogravure intaglio on both Japanese Tengujo paper and handmade paper, plus two velvet cubes
Edition size: 3
Dimensions, open: 17 x 12.2 x 4.3
Dimensions, closed: 4.3 x 12.2 x 4.3
This book has been dreamt as a playing poem. Many years ago I traveled to the town where my mother was born looking for her story and my roots. I got acquainted with the woman who run a Museum of Immigrants. I took several photos from an old Public Record of Prostitutes, which at the time (the early beginning of the last century) was a law, i.e., every woman that worked as prostitute had to be registered. That was made with my first digital camera.
A couple of years later I selected some of the pictures and I wrote poems about their dreams and secret wishes. With that in mind I decided to put them names of minor Greek goddesses but for one, the very well known Helena. I always had the idea of making a playing work. So in 2001 I set a digital movie with the pictures and the poems.
In 2012 I went back to those faces and words and I made this artist book. This is a box with cubes. When the box is opened there is a mirror with the title for the people to see their own image. Each cube has on their sides the texts and two intaglio photogravures both on Japanese Tengujo paper and handmade paper. This superposition creates a depth effect as if it were a holographic image. There are also two velvet cubes that work as jokers or wild cards. In the end all is nothing but chance.