Elisabeth Tonnard

Maribor photobook award


In this Dark Wood won one of the two runner-up awards in the Maribor photobook award 2018 which focused on books of the last decade broadly related to the theme of ‘Picturing life: the new world order and the artist’s position in it’.

First prize went to Andreas Frei for his book Hab Acht. Max Pinckers received the other runner-up award with Margins of Excess. The jury members were Tanja Lažetić, Marina Paulenka, Calin Kruse, Andrew Phelps and Iza Pevec.

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March 13, 2018 at 11:37 am

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Exhibitions in Gent and Marseille

I’m participating in two exhibitions opening this month.


FLIP — About Image Construction is curated by Kasper Andreasen and opened last week in Gent. Several of my books from the collection of KASK are on view. FLIP is the sequel to the exhibition Copy Construct held at CC Mechelen in 2017. The exhibition focuses on displaying a temporary archive of artists’ books parallel to about a dozen filmic works.
More information about the show is available here.
Location: Zwarte Zaal, KASK, Gent.
Dates of the exhibition: 2 – 22 March 2018.

PANORAMA 1: Tous les jours, je me dis qu’il ne faut pas que je craque is curated by Frac Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur and opens on March 9 in Marseille.
My book The Lovers will be on view.
More information about the show is available here.
Dates of the exhibition: March 10 – June 3.

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March 6, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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De wolk in de Volkskrant

Arjan Peters from De Volkskrant wrote about my book De wolk, see the article below. This book, a cloud of text and white space that can be read in different directions, combines twelve poems of P. C. Boutens in such a way that they semi-automatically write new poems.

In de Volkskrant van 3 februari signaleert Arjan Peters De wolk als fluisterzachte opwekking van de geest van Boutens. Klik op de afbeelding voor een vergroting.

Beschikbaar via de boekwinkel of hier.


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February 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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Invitation exhibition Unboxing Photographs

For those in Berlin, here is the invitation to the opening of the show ‘Unboxing Photographs’ that I will have work in at the Kulturforum/Kunstbibliothek. Hope to see you there.


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February 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Exhibition Unboxing Photographs

I’m developing a new installation titled More Than A Few Glimpses Of Its Charms. The work will be exhibited at the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, from February 16 to May 27 as part of the show ‘Unboxing Photographs: Work in the Photo Archive’.

More about this show below or follow this link. For those of you in Berlin: the opening will take place at the Kunstbibliothek on February 15.

More Than A Few Glimpses Of Its Charms consists of 18 different series of found used postcards in which each series is based on the same photograph. There are 18 different photographs but together nearly 100 different postcards in the installation. The cards in each series show slight visual differences; the color is changed by age or by variations/manipulations in the print runs, sometimes there are signs visible of how the card went through the mail system or was tacked to a wall. The photos are the same, the actual objects and the meaning they had for the senders and receivers are not. The installation is completed by texts in four languages drawn from the backs of the postcards.

About the exhibition ‘Unboxing Photographs’

The exhibition opens the boxes of four photo archives to showcase the material diversity of photographs as three-dimensional objects: from glass plate negatives, to 35 mm film, to prints on albumin or silver gelatin paper. These photo-objects are taken in the hand, tilted and turned over, labeled, cut down, framed, glued into albums, printed, and dispatched or posted online. Contact and inventory sheets, cardboard mounts, card catalogs, and today even display screens are integral parts of the photo-object, or even constitute it.


Window with cutout image
© Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Since the 19th century, archaeologists, ethnologists, and art historians have worked with photographs and assembled them in archives. There, they are processed and ordered – and only through such treatment do they become usable as documents for scholarly research. These procedures alter the physical properties of photographs and leave behind material traces. Photographs, hence, are neither objective nor timeless. By taking them seriously as objects, and not just as pictures, it becomes possible to tell their multifarious stories.

The exhibition interrogates the commonly practiced and disciplinary conventions that govern the perception and presentation of photographs – for example museum display using passepartouts – and tries out new design possibilities. Work with photo-objects is also central to the artistic interventions of JUTOJO, Ola Kolehmainen, Joachim Schmid, Elisabeth Tonnard, and Akram Zaatari, all of which have been integrated into the exhibition.


Vase with Corsini-Medici coat of arms
© Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut


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January 11, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Book fair at Paradiso in Amsterdam

On Sunday December 10 I’m participating in the Beurs van Bijzondere Uitgevers at Paradiso in Amsterdam. You’ll find the table that I am sharing with Wil van Iersel in the main room.

Books on the table will include De wolk, An Empty Field, The Plan, and The Death of the Poet.

Het balanseer will be at the fair as well, with Voor het ideaal, lees de schaal.

Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam

13.00 – 17.00

Admission is €3,-

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December 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

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De wolk


Another new book of mine was published. De wolk (‘the cloud’) is a literary and visual work in Dutch, based on the poetry of P.C. Boutens and published as #154 in the Slibreeks, by Den Boer/De Ruiter, Vlissingen, 2017. This post will continue in Dutch.

De wolk is een literair en visueel werk dat zich baseert op de poëzie van P.C. Boutens (1870 – 1943). Zo klein het is, verhoudt het boekje zich tot het hele lyrische oeuvre van Boutens waar het doorheen leest. Twaalf gedichten van Boutens zijn zo gecombineerd dat ze zelf (semi-automatisch) nieuwe gedichten hebben geschreven. Naar voren komt hoezeer het vroegere werk en het latere verwant zijn en met elkaar in dialoog staan. Het boekje is een wolk van tekst en witruimte, en is in verschillende richtingen te lezen, zowel van boven naar onder op de pagina als van links naar rechts en van rechts naar links over verschillende pagina’s heen. Er onstaat zo een multidimensionale ruimte van gelijktijdige lezingen; een nieuw werk tussen Boutens, mijzelf (ET) en de lezer in.

Deze publicatie is gerealiseerd als #154 in de Slibreeks en werd mede mogelijk gemaakt door een bijdrage van het Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie en De Drvkkery in Middelburg.

Uitgeverij Den Boer/De Ruiter, Vlissingen, 2017
ISBN 9789079875870
10.5 x 14.8 cm
52 pagina’s

Te koop via Boekhandel De Drvkkery en andere boekhandels à €8,50.

Een beperkt aantal  exemplaren zijn via mijn webshop bestelbaar à €12,50 en kunnen indien gewenst gesigneerd worden. Ik zal een aantal exemplaren bij me hebben op de Beurs voor bijzondere uitgevers die zondag 10 december in Paradiso plaatsvindt. Via email bestellen kan ook.



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December 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm