THE SWAMP by Sofia Borges

ブラジル人アーティスト、ソフィア・ボルジェス(Sofia Borges)の初作品集。背表紙に“Reality as mud as dense as air(泥や空気のように濃い現実)”とあるように、本書で紹介される写真は鉛のように重く、貫き難い。これらの作品は、作者が7年に渡って数知れず訪れた自然史博物館、動物園、水族館や研究施設において、現実による技巧が彼女の焦点となった様子が記録されている。作者にとっては生息地のジオラマは対象物が自身を高潔に表すことができる究極の表現方法である。そしてここで言う「自身」は幾層もの歴史や意味づけによって本質的に言葉に縛りつけられている。プラスチックでできた南極に横たわる動かぬセイウチや剥製鳥のビーズのような眼が読者の視線をとらえるとき、「The Swamp」の深みから見返してくるのはその物自身ではなく、イメージのイメージのそのまたイメージなのである。



イギリスの出版社MACKが主催する過去に写真集出版経験の無い作家の出版支援を目的とする「First Book Award」の2016年グランプリ受賞に伴い刊行。

“Reality as mud as dense as air” reads the spine of Sofia Borges’ book The Swamp, and equally, the series of photographs that she presents is as leaden as it is impenetrable. Spanning a seven-year period, it largely records Borges’ countless visits to natural history museums, zoos, aquariums and research centres, where the artifice of reality became her point of focus. For Borges, displays such as habitat dioramas serve as the ultimate form of representation, where objects have the virtuous task of representing “themselves” – a type, genre or group that is inherently bound to language through layers of history and meaning. As a motionless walrus lies in its plastic Antarctic locale and the beady eye of a fossilised bird catches your glance, what glares back at you from the depths of The Swamp is not the thing itself, but the image, of an image, of an image. “What I seek are images, which, in their very artifice, are able to present themselves as a problem”, Borges has said. Beyond the comical absurdity of museological spectacles that spawn the living dead, The Swamp takes aim at the notion that images can be “read”. Taking inspiration from the insoluble language of Beckett on the one hand, and the cinematic mind-twists of Lynch on the other, Borges disrupts logical processes of comprehension, offering seemingly random sequences of images, whose monstrous forms and coarse surfaces purposefully assault the senses.

by Sofia Borges


184 pages
210 x 260 mm
color, black and white

winner of the First Book Award 2016

published by MACK