Elisabeth Tonnard

Interior Monologue


Interior Monologue pairs images of Parisian apartment interiors from a real-estate catalogue with texts found in the “literary phrases” section of Grenville Kleiser’s Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases.

The project presents abandoned remnants of speech, paired to images that are likewise abandoned: orphaned photos from a real-estate catalogue, snapped by ever so many unidentified photographers. Texts and images look as though they are quite established on their pages, and in a healthy relationship towards each other. This soon proves false. Each element seems to be speaking for itself. The scripts do not function as descriptions; and no knowledge is gained from the information gathered. The development of a narrative is cut short on each page.

Published in an edition of 20 numbered copies. Acquoy, The Netherlands, 2009.

Unbound artist book in a portfolio box, 128 pages. Archival inkjetprints. 5×7 inch.

Contact to see if still available.

Read the artist statement. See more images.

The book is included in the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (München), Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Centre Pompidou (MNAM/CCI), Columbia University, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Hague), Nederlands Fotomuseum, and The New York Public Library.


Written by tonnard

June 23, 2009 at 9:16 am


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