Review by Larissa Leclair
Movements and the Iceland Trilogy by Christopher Colville is an exquisite two-book set containing four unique but interconnected bodies of work about ancestry, ritual, and a connection to the landscape. Each is a double-sided accordian-folded photobook with cloth-covered book board attached to the beginning and the end, so as you finish one series and close the book, the back cover becomes the beginning of the next. Cairns becomes Small Tragedies and Movements becomes Sleep. Throughout a 27-day trip in the remote Icelandic landscape, Colville continuously made images – on paper negatives and color 4”x5” film, and as unfixed photograms and ambrotypes - of which 7 days are represented in this artist book. As day faded into night and dark back into light, this immutable cycle and passage of time parallels the continuous reading of this book and speaks to a much broader human connection to history and place and the people who have been there before us and after.
Larissa Leclair is the founder of the Indie Photobook Library, an archive of self-published and indie published photobooks that showcases them through pop-up and feature-length exhibitions (most recently in China and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art), promotes them through written articles and lectures, and preserves them as a non-circulating public library. Having a specific collection dedicated to these kinds of books allows for the development of future discourse on trends in self-publishing, the ability to reflect on and compare books in the collection, and for scholarly research to be conducted in years to come. Leclair is also an independent curator.
Christopher Colville was born in 1974 in Tucson Arizona. After receiving his BFA in Anthropology and Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, he returned home to the Sonoran Desert and is currently living in Phoenix, where he is a visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. Christopher’s work has been included in both national and international publications as well as recent solo and group exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Rayko Photo Center, The center for Photography at Woodstock and the 2012 Noorderlicht Photo festival. Recent awards include the Humble Art Foundations 2009 New Photography Grant, an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant, a Public Art Commission from the Phoenix Commission on the Arts as well as an artist fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation.
Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2012.
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