Body Mirror


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-951541-20-0 Binding: Hard Bound Pages: 220pp Publication Date: Fall 2020 Rights World: Available Size: 12″ x 12″ Square
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This body of work is a contemplation of human beings’ passage on earth and their intimate interrelation with the environment. This book attempts to bring humor to the things we are getting attached to. It points at the invisible within the visible, the immaterial within the material or the vertical nature of being (and its mirror-like quality) within our horizontal way of living (where our mind, time, and space condition our experiences). The naked body is seen as our primary indivisible unit of perception which is usually pushed and pulled by our thinking mind’s desire to either get less or more. In other words, our lives are colored by our minds and since body-mind is a single entity, most of the colors painted on the body are an allusion to the range of our changing desires from being invisible or transparent to wanting to be singular and the center of attention. The stanzas, interviews (featuring interviewers from Russia, Colombia, Korea, Germany, and the United States), and photographs are not seen as being subservient to one another but can be seen as an assemblage of three independent directions that may or may not intersect following each reader.

Jean-Paul Bourdier has taught in many US Universities, in Senegal and Italy; author of eight books; he collaborated with Trinh Minh-ha on a number of installations and eight feature-length films. He is co-founder and co-editor of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Photography and Visual Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Hard Bound



Publication date

Fall 2020

Rights world


12" x 12" Square