Bertien van Manen
LET'S SIT DOWN BEFORE WE GO
OCTOBER, 2011 | 104 pages | 238 x 200 mm | 96 colour plates | Colour printed linen hardcover | Edited by Stephen Gill
Between 1991 and 2009 van Manen travelled across Asia and Eastern Europe with a small, analogue camera, learning the local language and engaging with the people who would become the subject of this collection. Let's sit down before we go is a portrait of the places van Manen visited and the people she met, stayed with and became friends with during her travels across Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Siberia, Tatarstan and Uzbekistan. Across nearly two decades, with the exception of big cities, little about the scenery in van Manen's photographs has changed. The relative sameness of Russia's appearance binds the images together, leaving us no indication of the time lapse from one photograph to another. The title, Let's sit down before we go represents an old Russian tradition, the practice of taking a moment, stopping to think before embarking on a journey, to consider where we will be travelling to and why.
オランダ人フォトグラファー、Bertien van Manenが1991年から2009年に旅したロシアでの写真を、Stephen Gillが編集したもの。その多くはBertien自身がセレクトしなかったものとなり、結果的にはStepohenの編集に任せて制作された。