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Blank - collectors edition
  • Blank - collectors edition

    Year 2011. In a context of a global economic crisis partly caused by banks, they began a process of massive closure of their offices characterized by painting their crystals white before leaving the place. The windows became opaque, an ironic metaphor for the way many financial institutions work. The white color, in western culture traditionally associated with values such as purity and beauty, acquired in this case a negative value.
    BLANK is the result of 6 years of work, including photographs made by Josep Maria de Llobet between 2013 and 2014 in the city of Barcelona. After being exhibited at the DOCfield 2016 and Revela-T 2017 Photography festivals, and after going through various editing processes, we are very proud to publish this body of work in the form of a limited edition collector's book-object.

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      Limited edition of 15 numbered copies, signed by the author. Last copie available!
      Photographs: Josep Maria de Llobet
      Edition: Josep Maria de Llobet & Alex Llovet
      Text: Itziar González Virós
      Design: Rubio & del Amo
      Printing: Laboratorio para el Arte por Estudios Durero
      Handcrafting: Àngels Arroyo, Tinta invisible
      Case crafting: Maquetas Pojimbo

      Die-cut and screen-printed methacrylate box, 21 x 47 x 2,5 cm
      26 photographs

      Paper Munken Lynx, 240 gr
      All texts in English and Spanish

      Price: 380€ + postage






      ARTSLIBRIS Award, winner.




      Text by Itziar González Virós included in the book


      Hit the mark, point-blank. Take careful aim and succeed in seeing what no one else sees. Follow the trail of debris of the financial-sector shipwreck and rescue the white-painted windows of their bank branches. Take them down from the walls and release them from their constricting frames and then bring them all together in the same glass, in a dead-end street, in a nowhere landscape. That is Blank, the artwork that Josep Maria de Llobet places in our hands, this time in the form of a book. What we find inside, once it has been duly dislocated, torn yet again from its setting, is the powerful unfolding before us of the body of a crime. The financialization of our economy and the commercialization of our cities could never have made life as hard for us as they have done without the silent complicity of these local banks. Terminals dotted around our neighbourhoods. Urban artefacts for the collecting of our savings and our wages, which in the course of time moved their old toughened-glass customer service windows out to the big display windows on our streets, where they pasted up those huge adverts with their feel-good images of happy families and smiling