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Fallegu Parísarkonurnar

Vatsnlitur á pappír, 2008 - 2010, (109 arkir samtals, hver örk 76 x 56 cm.) Ljósmyndir: Vigfús Birgisson

Myndaröð unnin með vatnslitum á pappír, þar sem vatnslitaður er allur texti samnefndar leiðsögubókar. Bókin er talin hafa verið prentuð óopinberlega árið 1883 fyrir breska ferðamenn á leið til Parísar. Hún inniheldur heimilisföng og lýsingar á vændiskonum Parísarborgar á þeim tíma. Alls 252 textar um jafnmargar konur.

Ég frétti fyrst af bókinni: The pretty women of Paris, við lestur bókarinnar: On blondes, eftir Joanna Pitman. Pantaði mér endurútgefið eintak fyrir nokkrum árum, (erfitt eða útilokað að nálgast upprunalegu útgáfuna). Var alltaf með hugann við þá hugmynd að vinna eitthvað út frá þessu efni. Það var svo ekki fyrr en vorið 2008 að ég ákvað að hefja gerð myndaraðar með samnefndu heiti. Það sem vakti strax áhuga minn var að setja þennan texta í nýtt samhengi og spegla hann við samfélagslega umræðu um vændi og málefni því tengdu í dag. Útgáfa slíkra bóka var ekki algeng þó hún væri ekki einsdæmi. Í endurútgáfu 1884 þar sem reyndar er talað um fyrstu útgáfu er fjöldi eintaka takmarkaður við 169 eintök ætluð í ákveðna dreifingu sem verður að teljast athygliverð:

 

LIMITED TO 169 COPIES

(for private circulation only)

4 on Superfine syphilitic-green paper, for the use of the Prefect of Police;

60 on parchement for private distribution among the French and English Clergy;

4 on handmade Roger Mill for the Society of women and children;

4 on rough vellum, St George and the Dragon watermark, for Girton College;

100 on 500-curl-papers-for sixpence quality, for the private enjoyment of the common crowd of ordinary English rakes, numbered 1 to 100.

No. ...

          

15 arkir voru sýndar á sýningunni, Happy Together, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Eistlandi, 2009. 8 arkir voru á sýningunni, Stripped Away, í Tintype Gallery London, 2010. Samtímis sýningunni í London var afgangurinn eða rétt um 100 arkir, sýndar á sýningunni Angurværð í minni, í Listasfni Íslands, 2010.

 

 

The pretty women of Paris

Watercolor on paper, 2008 - 2010, (109 sheets of paper, each 76 x 56 cm.) Photographs: Vigfús Birgisson

Series of watercolors on paper, where the whole text from a guide book with the same name, is watercolored. The book is said to have been printed unofficially in the year of 1883 for Brithish trawellers on their way to Paris. It contains addresses and description of Parisian prostitutes from that time. 252 texts in the whole.

I first knew about the book: The pretty women of Paris, from reading the book: On blondes, by Joanne Pitman. Ordered a republication, a few years ago, (impossible to get hands on the original any more). Always had the idea to use the content in one way or the other for an art work. Earlier this year, 2008 I decided to start working on the series. What interested me instantly was the idea to put the text into a new context and mirror it towards todays society and the present dialogue about prostitution and relative matters. Publication of books like these were not common though it excisted. In a republication from 1884, which is there stated as the first edition the edition is limited to 169 copies for a certain circulation that has to be worth of interest.

 

LIMITED TO 169 COPIES

(for private circulation only)

4 on Superfine syphilitic-green paper, for the use of the Prefect of Police;

60 on parchement for private distribution among the French and English Clergy;

4 on handmade Roger Mill for the Society of women and children;

4 on rough vellum, St George and the Dragon watermark, for Girton College;

100 on 500-curl-papers-for sixpence quality, for the private enjoyment of the common crowd of ordinary English rakes, numbered 1 to 100.

No. ...

 

15 sheets were shown in Happy Together, Tallin, Estonia, 2009. 8 sheets were shown in Stripped Away, Tintype Gallery, London, 2010. At the same time as the show took place in London the rest or just about 100 sheets were shown in Wistful Memory, at The National Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2010.