• INCH BY INCH HOUSE BY HOUSE ALLEY BY ALLEY
  • INCH BY INCH HOUSE BY HOUSE ALLEY BY ALLEY
  • INCH BY INCH HOUSE BY HOUSE ALLEY BY ALLEY

GIOVANNA SILVA »INCH BY INCH HOUSE BY HOUSE ALLEY BY ALLEY« – selected by KENT KLICH

»With INCH BY INCH HOUSE BY HOUSE ALLEY BY ALLEY, the title comes from the last speech on TV by Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, Giovanna Silva forges new patterns in the making of a book about a nation in crisis and at the same time a portrait of a man. The subject of the photographs speaks about the regime’s architectural structures, remnants of the days of glory destroyed, combined with archival images of the dictator, from his rise to power to his fall. The text follows the same pattern, starting on September 1, 1969 when Muammar al-Gaddafi proclaimed the Libyan Arab Republic, after putting an end to the monarchical regime of King Idriss I. The book is bilingual, in English, to be read from left to right, and in Arabic, to be read the other way around. The bond between the images and the written word creates an interesting contribution to our understanding of this land and its now dead leader, not avoiding the dark sides of his regime, his denying his people human rights and his unequal redistribution of the oil revenues. Silva is making the best of the book as a medium, differentiating itself from the flickering images we are being fed around the clock of conflict and death. In the best case, it leaves us somewhat more informed and, in the worst case, somewhat more indifferent. That is what traditional daily news coverage does to the global world citizen, sitting on the couch in front of the TV. This book is not only about what was, about the past. At this very moment, as I sit writing this text, the former French president Sarkozy is being questioned by the police about having received funds from Muammar al-Gaddafi, one of the many political leaders he did business with. The size of the book is small, soft cloth binding in green and black, like a small gift – with a surprising content.«

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GIOVANNA SILVA
»INCH BY INCH HOUSE BY HOUSE ALLEY BY ALLEY«
PUBLISHER: MOUSSE PUBLISHING, 2013
TEXT: GIOVANNA SILVA, ANGELO DEL BOCA
DESIGN: MOUSSE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, ARABIC, FORMAT: SOFTCOVER CLOTH, 15.2 × 11.0 CM, 256 PAGES
REPRODUCTIONS: 66 (COLOR), 9 (B/W)
ISBN: 9788867490929

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