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Title: HEART OF DARKNESS.
Description: London , Artist published Vanity Press and Four Corners Books , 2015, First edition. Paperback, 32x24.5cms, New. ARTIST BOOK Words by Joseph Conrad
A Work by Fiona Banner with photographs by Paolo Pellegrin

In 2012, Fiona Banner was invited to create an exhibition of works drawn from the Archive of Modern Conflict, a London-based collection of photographs and ephemera relating to war and conflict. After much time delving into the archive, Banner observed a lack of images relating to conflict in the here and now. In a reversal of roles, Banner commissioned Paolo Pellegrin, a Magnum conflict photographer who has worked extensively in the Congo, to observe the City of London – its streets and trading floors, its costume and surrounding strip-clubs – through Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The resulting photographs were first exhibited at Peer, London under the title Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead.

Heart of Darkness (first published in 1899) is a story of trade and corruption, and of our own conflicts and desires. From a boat moored on the banks of the Thames, Marlow narrates his story in which he travels to the heart of the Congo in search of renegade ivory trader Kurtz, who has mesmerised and enslaved his workers.

Like many artists of her generation Banner has lived just outside the boundaries of London’s financial district since the early 90s observed the area’s close proximity to the Square Mile and its apparent separation from it. This publication links with Banner’s first artist book The Nam(1997) that references Apocalypse Now, a film that uses Conrad’s text as its narrative template.
312pp full colour gloss photographs in paper covers.



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Price: GBP 28.00 = appr. US$ 39.98 Seller: 20th Century Art Archives
- Book number: 11098


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