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Amandine Alessandra

where are you and what are you working on now?

I live and work in London as a photographer and graphic designer; I also set up a commercial practice of interior photography – www.interior-photography.net/   The loop/mise en abîme aspect of the project I'm working on at the moment (which is a French obsession, apparently) is what remains from my photographic and video-based practice.   My current research is installation-based; it looks at word and image as a couple, one adding to the other. I'm experimenting on how to draw a relationship between a place, a statement, and hand-made typography devised for this very context. The result is a series of photographs.   One of these series is based on Thomas Fuller's statement, "A book that is shut is but a block". I thought of this experiment as a tautology: shut books that are therefore just blocks used to talk about the fact that shut books are just blocks, used as a typographic grid. Books are considered for their shape and colour, rather than content.   Building up the letters also reminded me very much of typesetting, as every type made of coloured books had to be blocked with white books, just as it is done in letterpress, where large areas of white space are created by wooden blocks called furniture.   Body as letter form is an experiment that takes advantage of the fact that a lot of the typographic vocabulary is based on the human body: anatomy, body size, head piece, footers. Same thing for the book: a book has a head, joints, a spine, back and foot.   Another series, called ‘Take a seat and say something’, uses a chair as a matrix for an alphabet. Each letter is a meaningless installation if seen on its own, but becomes decipherable when a few of them are put together as words. Objects become readable.

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