GOOD HOPE by Carla Liesching

南アフリカ出身のアーティスト、カーラ・リーシング(Carla Liesching)の作品集。作者はこの作品において、大航海時代の頂点ともいえる歴史的な場所であり、現在は反植民地運動の中心地でもある自身の生まれ故郷・南アフリカの「喜望峰(Cape of Good Hope)」周辺の庭園や建造物を巡る断片を用いた視覚的・言語的アッサンブラージュを構築した。



写真と私的な散文で綴られる重層的・断片的な物語…このいつまでも終わらない残虐性と不平等の物語は、結局のところ今の時代について多くを語っているのである」– British Journal of Photography

構造と人間の関係性、中でも地理的な物語におけるイデオロギーの変化とをテーマにした作品」– Mail & Guardian

A layered and fragmented narrative made up of both photographs and personal prose ... ultimately it is very much about the present, in all its continued brutality and inequity.”
– British Journal of Photography

[Liesching’s] work examines human relationships to structure, in particular ideological shifts in geographic narratives.”
– Mail & Guardian

In Good Hope, Carla Liesching constructs a fragmented visual and textual assemblage that orbits around the gardens and grounds at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa — a historic location at the height of Empire, now an epicenter for anti-colonial resistance movements, and also the place of the artist’s birth. Named by the Portuguese in their ‘Age of Discovery’, the Cape’s position at the mid-point along the ‘Spice Route’ was viewed with great optimism for its potential to open up a valuable maritime passageway. The ‘refreshment station’ later established there set into motion flows of capital from ‘east’ to ‘west’. Good Hope brings together cumulative layers of documentary prose, personal essay, and found photographic material, along with sources ranging from apartheid-era trade journals, tourist pamphlets, and National Geographic and Life magazines, to contemporary newspapers and family albums. It offers both an intimate and critical examination of White supremacist settler-colonialism in the present, and a questioning of the ethics and politics involved in the very acts of looking, discovering, collecting, codifying, preserving, naming, knowing, and putting to language.

by Carla Liesching

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192 pages
153 x 203 mm
color, black and white

shortlist of the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards 2022 - the First PhotoBook Prize

published by MACK