Item description for Roni Horn: Her, Her, Her And Her by Roni Horn...
In this collection of 120 black-and-white photographs, Roni Horn takes us on a journey through a locker room in Reykjavik, Iceland. With minimal movement between the camera and subject in succeeding frames, and through the use of a slow-shutter technique, this finely crafted body of work provokes the viewer to contemplate the subtleties of each image. A blur behind a portal suggests that someone else is in the locker room with the viewer. Room numbers, open and closed doors, and intersecting hallways give clues to the surroundings, and as we turn each page of the book, we sense the subtle shifting of time and space in photographs that reflect a sculptor's attention to the details of surfaces, repetition, and form.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 9.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.26 lbs.
Release Date Nov 2, 2004
ISBN 386521035X ISBN13 9783865210357
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More About Roni Horn
Roni Horn was born in New York where she continues to live and work. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Fundacao Serralves, Porto; Fotomuseum Winterthur and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Her recent publications, Dictionary of Water, This is Me, This is You, Cabinet of, If on a Winter's Night, Her, Her, Her, & Her, Wonderwater (Alice Offshore), Index Cixous, 2003 - 05 have all been published by Steidl.
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Conceptual maze Aug 5, 2005
This book is not easy to approach for someone who expects a nice and traditional photobook. It's beauty does not rely in its formal appearance, but in the concept that lies behind the project. Roni Horn is a conceptual artist exploring some peculiar aspects of photography, such as - for example - seriality. Her, Her, Her And Her is a symbolic trip into a maze (the changing rooms of a swimming pool) where a ghostly female presence zips in and out, but never lets you look properly at her. This can be read in different ways, wondering about identity, the female role, the perversion of peeping through a hole to see a female body... The author sets up a scenario and a theme, but it's the viewer that has to set the plot. Her, Her, Her And Her is a great photo book. No foreword, no biography, no text at all: just a cover and a series of 120 black and white bleed page pictures. (publisher Steidl never lets you down...)
Roni Horn's Exquisite Tease Apr 20, 2005
Roni Horn is a photographer whose primary expression is the photographic book, as opposed to the common practice of periodically slapping together a collection of greatest hits. Roni Horn approaches photography sequentially and conceptually, and she apparently conceives much of her photographic work for the book first, and the exhibition second.
That's part of what makes Her, Her, Her and Herso tantalizing. Tantalizing, as in we are each Tantalus, up to our neck in water, witnessing page after page of Horn's images of a spa somewhere in Reykjavik, Iceland. The book confines us to a repetitive world of white tile and grout, sometimes allowing us to peek through tiny round windows set in doors with numbers above them. (The numbers seem to indicate changing rooms, and the same windows and numbers recur throughout the book, adding another level of possible meaning.)
Page after page, her images reveal subtle nuances of spatial variation, mostly indicated by the changes within the tile patterns. Details are spare. Occasionally we are given glimpses of blurred skin, fingers gripping a doorway, a leg--all ghostly traces of a female bather. (Never more than one bather at a time, which raises the question why?) Page after page Horn teases us with hints of difference amidst a plenitude of sameness, urging us to look closer, to stare hard to find the difference between one photograph and another, and to mentally enter the spaces--if we can.
Yet every time we try to enter the space or get closer to the wispy female bather, the image recedes like water or fruit shying away from Tantalus. We are held in a sustained condition of thirst and hunger without ever being fully sated. Our only hope for satisfaction is to be constantly attentive for any small difference, progressively dialing up our sensitivity, image after image, until the slightest resonances and details are telling. And that's precisely the moment when Horn hits the viewer with a visual change-up that resonates like a truck ramming into a building. A face, for instance. Or some other abrupt visual shift. Looking at this book is an exquisite state of desire, attention, and agitation.
In the end, the entire experience is surprisingly fulfilling. Horn has stated in interviews that her larger interest is in exporing identity--hence the title. The different individual women we see, one at a time, are impossible to identify due to blurring and the absence of detail. Sometimes a foot is all that held still long enough to appear in the photograph.
Interestingly enough, this eliminates any focus on the female body as an aesthetic, documentary, erotic or formal presence. We're faced more with the sense that some "she" was here, and another "she" was there, but it's experiencing the idea of someone rather than a concrete someone. In the end, the only identity guaranteed to be present is the viewer's, and that's easy to question after spending much time with this book.
Lovely. What an intelligence. Buy it and dwell in it, before it's out of print and expensive.