Photos Souvenirs by Carolle Benitah
. Special edition (2016). Large format box set in fine condition. In an edition of 250 copies. Contains a large format hardback and a wrapped (unopened) paperback as well as 3 embroidered prints. The hardback is signed, dated and numbered (24/250) to copyright page. It is also signed to front end page by Carolle Benitah with a dedication to the photographer Michael Marten. The wrapped paperback is also numbered. Each print is signed and dated. There is also a postcard loosely laid in again with dedication to Michael marten. No markings. Please see photos. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Photos Souvenirs
Carolle Bénitah, who worked for ten years as a fashion designer before turning to photography in 2001, integrates the art of sewing and beading into her photographs. The series Photos Souvenirs explores the memories of her Moroccan childhood and adolescence by reworking and threading old family snapshots. In what the artist describes as "excavations," photos are unearthed from albums and shoeboxes, classified, scanned, transposed onto new paper, and finally hand beaded and embroidered by the artist.
This final step, accomplished with red, black, or gold thread and wire as well as glass beads – chosen for their shine and delicacy – is a revelatory act for the artist: "To embroider my photograph, I make holes in the paper. With each stitch, I stick the needle through the paper. Each hole is a putting to death of my demons. It is like an exorcism. I stab the paper until I don't hurt anymore." Bénitah's work is part of notable public and private art collections, such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Among other venues, Photos Souvenirs was exhibited at Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, in 2015. Bénitah lives in Marseille, France.
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