Francilins, Limbo, 2013

Envelope back and front

Envelope back and front

 

Francilins’ Limbo is one of my favorite discoveries from this year’s Paris Photo. This unusual publication by Francilins (the artist name of Brasilian Castilho Leal) grabbed my attention with its earthy approach and visual strength.
The simple brown cardboard envelope has one corner cut away to allow space for the metal ring which holds the loose pages of the book together. The book comprises of eleven sheets of stiff card. Each sheet is printed on both sides and has folded sections which open, each in a different orientation, to enable the viewer to interact with the images. The metal ring may be unclasped allowing the viewer to remove and/or recombine the images, creating their own juxtapositions, and reinventing the story.

The colour and black and white images are blurry and grainy. These dark and sensual images are practically screaming at the viewer. Which is aptly fitting as the title Limbo is taken from the first of the nine circles of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The book even comes with a candle, which the author suggests should be used to view the book with. This energetic publication is one of the strongest I have seen for a long time.

Francilins’s website: www.francilins.com

 

Self-published in an edition of 1000 numbered copies

Hard cover and loose pages with punch hole bound by detachable metal ring, envelope, candle

11 sheets with fold-outs

App. 28.9 x 28.9cm

Cover back and front

Cover back and front

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Envelope with candle

Envelope with candle