In Volume V of SPBH Book Club, Esther Teichmann presents a rarefied and ambiguous exploration of female pleasure. Backdrops and shells, sculptures and the sea, the imagined and the painted, the real and the staged - it all appears in Teichmann's chimerical paradise.
By referencing classical representations of women in the history of art, most often in the hands of and for the consumption of men, Teichmann reclaims the traditional pictorialism of femininity in a subversive and provocative manner. All of the complex forms of womanhood and yearning emerge - the lover, the mother, self pleasure, sensuous pleasure and the women appear as characters, specters and statues as flesh turns to stone and back again.
With a layered mix of photographs - some of which are collaged on the book pages - and an original, handprinted cyanotype on the front cover, the book is an object of tactility and longing.
Esther Teichmann (b. 1980) is a German–American artist based in London. She is senior lecturer at the London College of Communication and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. Teichmann has published and shown her work internationally. In the last year, she participated in group exhibitions at the Houston Centre of Photography and the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in South Korea. The release of SPBH Book Club Volume V coincides with Teichmann’s solo show at Flowers Gallery in London.
Publication date:April, 2014 Edition size: 500 Format:Hardcover and Handmade Cyanotype cover Size:15 x 20cm Number of pages/plates: 60 / 45 Type of printing:Lithography
SPBH Book Club Vol VI is part of the series SPBH Book Club.