Elisabeth Tonnard

An Empty Field


Some great and very very special words.

This book is my complete transcript of President Trump’s address to employees of the CIA the day after his inauguration. To keep in style, the text is cut into bits of 140 or fewer characters.

B&w digital printing, paperback, size 12.5 x 19 cm, 96 pages. See more images here.

Published in Leerdam, The Netherlands on January 23, 2017.

Also see my related book Enduring Freedom. The Poetry of the President.

The book was nominated for the Prix Bob Calle 2019 by Lilian Landes from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Rüdiger Hoyer from the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte.

A chilling new book from Elisabeth Tonnard. Read it and weep. I wanted to laugh but my heart said no.
Mishka Henner

The book is a perfect mirror and because of that an efficient weapon.
Johan Velter

I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it.
Donald Trump when asked about the address to the CIA, ABC News, January 25, 2017

Johan Velter discusses the book here (in Dutch).

The book is sold out.

The book is available in the collections of Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Bodleian Library (special collections at Weston Library), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Columbia University, Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, John M. Flaxman Library at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (Joan Flasch collection), Kunstbibliothek (Berlin), MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona), Mumok Vienna, National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Oxford Brookes University, and Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Munich).

See a digital version below.

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Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

January 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm