«inside out», MA thesis

A collection of ten booklets on the problematic of the images of suffering of others. The project inside out intended to create a space that may stimulate a reader/viewer into questioning visual images portraying suffering of others, without interference in anticipations/impositions of meanings and effects. Inside out denotes dualities that are based on the problematics highlighted in the research.These dualities are moral ambiguities regarding ethics and aesthetics in regarding and producing, using and make others see, visual images of suffering and pain of others; communication issues, the mutual understanding of something (as pain) only experienced as private; and culture and social norms towards the image.

inside out master project

Details Format 95 x 135 mm • Technique Risograph (b&w and yellow) by/with Stencilwerkplaats Knust • Typeface Joanna MT Std • Paper Munk Pure (90 gr) • Pages 228 • Binding sewed (booklets i-viii & x) + sewed and cold glued (booklet ix) by Handboekbinderij Geertsen • Edition 5 copies with box + 10 copies without box • Year 2013.

inside out master project booklet 1 and 2

Above: Booklets one (8 pages) and two (20 pages) 
Booklet one contains the index of all booklets presenting the 10 booklets as one, in addition to the colophon and thank you notes. Booklet two introduces the project, explains the thesis concept, communication questions, terminologies, audience and social value.

inside out master thesis booklet 3 and 4
Above: Booklets Three (24 pages) and four (24 pages). 
Booklet three deals with culture and the image in the modern way of seeing. It contains an essay «the image as an artifact of modern culture». Booklet three deals with ethics and aesthetics, it contains an essay entitled «documenting pain, moral ambiguities».
inside out master thesis booklet 5 and 6

Above: Booklets Five (8 pp.) and six (8 pp.).
Booklet five deals with communication of pain, entitled «inscapes», deals with private language. Booklet six provides a summary of the previous research and a strategy for the development of the project.

inside out master thesis booklet 7 and 8

Above: Seven (28 pp.) and eight (16 pp.).
Booklets seven and eight are extensions of the strategy booklet (six), it presents the strategy in use (visually), one (seven) recorring to one image, the other (eight) to a text on the subject of the image.

inside out master thesis booklet 9 and 10

Nine (80 pp.) and ten (12 pp.).
Booklet nine reunites the process of the project. Booklet ten presents the resources used.

 «inside out» exhibition view at USF verftet

«inside out» exhibition view at USF verftet

Other projects part of «inside out» Master Project:

 A mini dictionary of reading, printed in rice paper, the edges were turned apart making it difficult to open and read. Creating a sort of friction, such as reading can be. This piece is part of the exhibition KORO’s «Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection» at KMD (Faculty for art, music and design, University of Bergen).

A mini dictionary of reading, printed in rice paper, the edges were turned apart making it difficult to open and read. Creating a sort of friction, such as reading can be. This piece is part of the exhibition KORO’s «Ephemerality – A Permanent Collection» at KMD (Faculty for art, music and design, University of Bergen).

testprint: inide out master project
test print: inside out master project
test print: inside out master project
test print: inside out master project

The image disappears with time through touch and use.
This is linked with the idea of a photograph fixing something in time somewhat permanently. When it is an image portraying a woman beaten and scarred i believe that to inprint a finger print on top of her and blur her image has an impact on the reader/user. This impact varies although his/her touch become part of the same image it is no longer indifferent to her (the image).
Photo credits: World press photo 2012, Brent Stirton, Ukraine.