The Eriskay Connection (NL) are finishing up a couple of new projects that will be available at Liège Photobook Festival. Half of the books are made with Belgian photographers.
Anchors by Claudia den Boer (NL)
"In hectic life most of us long for quietness every now and then. Thinking of the notion of silence, the desert became the focus of Claudia den Boer. The desert is not only a place where it's literally quiet, but can also be interpreted as a metaphor for silence; it's where a specific place and a 'state of mind' comes together. But confronted with the immense space and silence she yearned for something to hold on. A branch, a rock, a tree, a house, an anchor. With Anchors Den Boer shows that silence is very different from emptiness. The calm places shown in the book are attractively inviting but frightening at the same time."
LAND – On the brink of some formidably complex matter by Laura Van Severen (BE)
"LAND is a construction, or one could say a destruction of a landscape that once was or will be. Rather than showing the observable sites of talc stone quarries in the Pyrenees Van Severen aims to transmit the energy of its transformation. The human intervention, either subtle or defining, characterizes her images. By using de/construction as a photographic technique, LAND sprouts a new world, a landscape detached from its original context, where notions of distance, size and scale become relative and elusive."
(Un)expected by Peter Dekens (BE)
"(Un)expected is a memorable photo project about the coping process of surviving relatives of suicides in West Flanders. In 2008 the mother of documentary photographer Peter Dekens (BE) took her life. West Flanders, the region where he grew up, still has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe, one and a half times higher than the European average and twice as many as the Netherlands. (Un)expected contains five stories about the grief of survivors of suicides and the way people cope with their loss in different ways: the sadness, the grieving process, but also the attempts at finding a new way to live. Dekens wishes the book to be a support for survivors and to make the taboo regarding suicide widely debatable."
Aeronautics in the Backyard by Xiaoxiao Xu (CN/NL)
"Aeronautics in the Backyard is a catching photo book about the dream of flying, freedom and creativity. All over the country in China, in the most unexpected of places, farmers rise up to build their own aircraft from recycled scrap metal, using household tools. They are self-educated, self-employed and penniless. Some of these aeronauts have worked for decades but never achieved to get airborne. Xu is driven by questions like why, of all people, Chinese farmers have the guts and skills to become aeronauts, even though they lack both education and resources. In 2015 she drove across China for several months, meeting eight different aeronauts. Their stories, pictures, original sketches and technical documents are brought together in this book, unveiling the hidden world of Chinese aeronautics in full detail for the first time."
These are definitely new books published by The Eriskay Connection that you should not miss!