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Études Books N°1
Photography by Daniel Everett
Text by Jill Dawsey
Edited and designed by Études Studio
Published by Études Books, Paris
Image post production by Janvier
First edition, 300 copies
September 2012, printed in EU
Friday, September 28, 1:00 pm
THE NY ART BOOK FAIR
/ Soon Available online
• 4 September 2012
New York Art Book Fair
Photographs by Ian van Coller
Essay by Sindiwe Magona
11.5 in. x 13.25 in. / 68 pages / 27 full color plates / Casebound in Japanese saifu cloth with French fold dustjacket / Edition of 500 /
While Ian van Coller was growing up in the 1970s, the black women working in his parents’ upper class home in a whites-only suburb of Johannesburg were valued as members of the family. Nannies and maids who helped raise the children and run the household, they were ever-present confidants and friends. And yet they were conspicuously absent from family vacations and photo albums.
Apartheid, though it has been officially consigned to history, continues to live on in nearly a million South African homes where blacks still serve the needs of the white minority. Ian van Coller’s first monograph, Interior Relations, deftly probes this enduring racial fault line with a simple yet elegant premise: he has asked black housekeepers, nannies and maids to wear their finest clothes, and to sit for formal portraits in the homes they care for.
Though the subjects’ white employers are never shown, evidence of their privilege crowds around the women, forever out of reach: every portrait a cameo of apartheid in redux.
For Sindiwe Magona, one of South Africa’s most celebrated black writers, working as a domestic in her youth provided a desperately needed but meager income that she was forced to supplement by selling sheep heads on the street. Serving white families represented a constriction of the soul that was broken only by the force of her will to become a writer.
Magona’s introduction channels the voices of van Coller’s subjects through her own years as a domestic worker. Ian van Coller’s delicate and reverential portraits, coupled with Sindiwe Magona’s searing essay, offer a starkly original view of the intersection of race and class in post-apartheid South Africa.
(via Charles Lane Press | Interior Relations)
• 3 October 2011
Ian van Coller
Charles Lane Press
New york Art Book Fair