Elisabeth Tonnard

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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

The Art of Reading, from William Kentridge to Wikipedia


A Dialogue in Useful Phrases and its sound project will be on view in the exhibition The Art of Reading: From William Kentridge to Wikipedia. The exhibition is curated by House of the Book, a collaboration between Museum Meermanno and the National Library of the Netherlands. Over twenty installations, arranged as experimental areas, give visitors the opportunity to become acquainted with different aspects of reading.

The exhibition will run from November 18 to March 4, 2018. The opening will take place on November 17th, you can see the details of the Dutch invitation by clicking the image above.

If you rather read books at home, A Dialogue in Useful Phrases can be ordered with free shipping until November 17. Order by email or through this link.

A Dialogue in Useful Phrases

Artists/projects: Scott Blake, Hole Punch Flipbook #2 (US, 2014); Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (US, 2012); Jan Dirk van der Burg, Tweetbundel (NL, 2015); Marinus van Dijke, Eye (NL, 2013); Paul Emmanuel, The Lost Men Project (ZA, 2006); Eyejack, Prosthetic Reality (AU, 2016); Juan Fontanive, Ornithology I (US, 2015); Carina Hesper, Like a Pearl in my Hand (NL, 2016); Mirabelle Jones, Asystole (US, 2017); William Kentridge, 2nd Hand Reading (ZA, 2014); Kraak & Smaak, Squeeze me (NL, 2004); Michael Mandiberg, Print Wikipedia (US, 2015); Didier Mutel, My way II (FR, 2014); Rick Myers, An Excavation, A Reading (GB, 2013); Heidi Neilson, Cloud Book Study (US, 2011); Orcam bril O.L.V.S. ; Joyce Overheul, De Drie Maanden uit het Leven van Rogier (NL, 2013); Sebastian Schmieg & Silvio Lorusso, 56 Broken Kindle Screens (DE, IT, 2012); Rebecca Sutherland, Hide & Eek (GB, 2013); Elisabeth Tonnard, A Dialogue in Useful Phrases (NL, 2010) and Simon Morris, The Royal Road to the Unconscious (GB, 2003)

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November 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

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Doing Easy

Two small works of mine are currently on view in a wonderfully unique exhibition in a residence in Joshua Tree, in the High Desert of California. Curated by Erik Benjamins, Doing Easy is a domestic intervention that presents the work of visual artists, designers and writers who reflect on the sway of place.

Doing Easy optimistically engages with the domestic space as a privileged and underestimated sanctuary for reflection, education, production, and ritual. The presented works—ranging from a cork doorstop to a wooden chair to a folder of poems to a scented hand soap—have been installed in a way which allows them to slip into the daily routines and rhythms of a living, breathing home.

My autosummary poem ‘Eugene!’ based on Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel is placed on a bedside table. Real Estate Dreams. Nr. 1 The Candle, a small series of found real estate images is located on the kitchen wall.

Participants in the show: Alex Reed (US), Ashley Eden Kessler (US), David Horvitz (US), Elisabeth Tonnard (NL), Erik Benjamins (US), Janelle DolRayne (US), Jasper Morrison (UK), Lauren Godfrey (UK), Max Lamb (UK), Norma & Various Projects, Inc. (US), Pico Iyer (JP), Stef Halmos (US), Susan Barbour (US), Yeb Wiersma (NL).

Outpost Projects
Yucca Valley, CA
September 2, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Open by appointment

More info is available by clicking here.

The residence can also be rented through www.airbnb.com/rooms/5077433


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September 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

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Exhibition in London

My bookwork The Plan will be presented in burning with pleasure #3, an exhibition of artists’ books at Seen Fifteen Gallery in London. The exhibition is curated by Magali Avezou of Archipelago.

For the past three years burning with pleasure has aimed, once a year, to report on the present production of innovative artists’ books from around the world. The selection intends to reflect on contemporary image culture and to broaden the discourse on photography and photobooks.

Artists presented include Francis Alÿs, Yto Barrada, Ruth van Beek, Katrien de Blauwer, Anouk Kruithof, Raymond Meeks, Jean-Luc Moulène, Joachim Schmid, Elisabeth Tonnard and Daisuke Yokota.

The exhibition runs from September 8 to 30.

Seen Fifteen
Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm and by appointment
Unit B1.1, Bussey Building
Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road

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August 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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Exhibitions, Amsterdam to Pittsburgh

I’m participating in two shows that open this coming week.

Collectivism opens today at Foam Museum in Amsterdam. My work is on view as part of the Dead Darlings presentation. More information about the show can be found here. The exhibition runs from April 21 to June 18.

AWAKE Reading Room is part of the PGH Photo Fair taking place at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh on April 29 and 30. The reading room is curated by 10×10 Photo Books and concentrates on protest books. My book An Empty Field will be on view.

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April 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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Exhibition Uncensored Books

The Plan will be on view in Uncensored Books, an exhibition curated by Natasha Christia which runs from April 7 to 18 during Belgrade Photo Month.

The show brings together a series of photobooks and installations that address in a critical way, through both their content and form, the production, uses / misuses, consumption and circulation of the Image today within dominant mass ideology’s narrative systems. By exploring new dissemination and audience engagement channels, many of its featured titles point to the potential role of photography and books can assume as activism tools.

Photobooks and installations by Valentina Abenavoli (Akina Books), Francesco Amorosino (self-published), Juliá (KWY Ediciones), Lewis Bush (dummy-Brave Books), Brad Feuerhelm (Chaco Books), Amak Mahmoodian (ICVL Studio / RRB Publishing), Christof Nuessli (Cpress), Carlos Spottorno (Astiberri Ediciones), Europe: An Illustrated Introduction to Migrants and Refugees and Fictional Journal.

Photobook projects by: Patrícia Almeida(Ghost Editions), Julián Barón (self-published / Editorial RM), Martin Bollati-Rigoberto Díaz Julián- Veronica Fieiras(Chaco Books), Brad Feuerhelm (Paralaxe Editions), Ben Helton (self-published), Edmund Clark (Here Press), Daniel Mayrit (Phree /Riot Books), Christof Nuessli (Cpress), Elisabeth Tonnard (self-published), Jan Dirk van der Burg (self-published).

O3ONE Art Space
Uzun Mirkova 10, 2nd floor
11000 Belgrade

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April 7, 2017 at 11:46 am

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Exhibition Copy Construct

I’m participating in Copy Construct, a show of artists’ books curated by Kasper Andreasen.

On view will be works by: Frans Oosterhof (who also made the image above), Guy Rombouts, Kris Kimpe & Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Vincent Geyskens & Jan Op de Beeck, Jan Kempenaers, Marc Nagtzaam, Kasper Andreasen, Mark Manders, Henri Jacobs, Ria Pacquée, Aglaia Konrad, Willem Oorebeek, Alon Levin, Stephanie Kiwitt, Mitja Tušek, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (Club Moral), Peter Downsbrough, Simon Popper, Sara MacKillop, Gregorio Magnani, Elisabeth Tonnard & Joachim Schmid.

Cultuurcentrum Mechelen
Minderbroedersgang 5
2800 Mechelen

25 March – 4 June 2017, opening hours 1 – 6 PM from Thursday – Sunday.
The opening will be on the 24th of March, at 8 PM.

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March 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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Exhibition at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek


The Invisible Book is currently on view in the exhibition ‘Topstukken’ at the National Library of The Netherlands in The Hague. Read curator Paul van Capelleveen’s blog post about the book here (in Dutch).

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February 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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Documentation of exhibition ‘The Library’

Below is some documentation of my exhibition ‘The Library’ at Galerie Block C, a wonderful art space run by Marinus Augustijn and Agnes Scholte in Groningen. The exhibition will be up until February 27. Click on any image to enlarge.

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February 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

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Exhibition in Bologna

Two of my works will be on view in the exhibition Il Libro d’Artista Come Mappa, curated by Jan van der Donk at Spazio Labo in Bologna.

The exhibition draws attention to the way artists use and challenge photography as a medium, with a focus on how ‘the grid’ was used as a favorite form of representation to create ‘inventories’, ‘collections’, ‘albums’, and ‘atlases’. Artists include John Baldessari, Bernhard and Hilla Becher, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Jan Dibbets, Sol LeWitt, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Michael Snow, Larry Sultan + Mike Mandel, and Franco Vaccari. My works Interior Monologue and The Kingdom will be on view.

The show runs from January 23 to February 5. For more information click here.

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January 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

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