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Project Statement


On documentsdartistes.com, the work is described: "Looks [at] how feminine roles are written, specifically the long-playing part of life. Between blood-red endpapers, the entire book is printed on milky white translucent stock, four blank pages of which introduce and conclude it. Within this dense veil, the same black and white photograph of an elelgant but anxious young bride appears on every page. Her face is turned away in shadow, and she is nervously picking her fingers, though otherwise composed. On every other page there is a single line of text, in French, printed in fine red letters. The first is, simply, Oubli, it means forgetting, in the most common usage, but also neglect, oversight, omission. Allusive references to the perils of matrimony follow -its banal necessity, the sensation of suffocation, of crushing, but Zubeil also writes of the less simple confusion entailed by making such a pledge: the noise of emotion, the passion of this oubli. Though its components are simple and few, this is an exeptionalaly well planned book, in which detail is made to count. The image of the bride is printed alternately on the frontor back of each translucent sheet, for instance, which allows the complementarily alternating text to be legible, but also create a subtle rhythm of shadow and veil. As the pages are turned, the reversed image enters into colloquy with its twin; the first time this happens, ilduo appears on the verso, the possibility fortuitous reverse of oubli. And the last time the pages are turned, the photo is flipped, terminating an internal dialogue that had closed on the phrase, one no longer knows if the line is lying about it. The word 'disparition' in smaller type still, appears after an interval. Whether the mariage is understood as a betrothal to a particular man, or, only slightly less satisfactorily, as a vow of loyalty to a conventional social order, this is a book sufficiently nuanced, even ambiguous, but utterly convincing."

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Francine Zubeil


Francine Zubeil

type: initiating


active: French

Les Editions de l'Observatoire

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: les Editions de l'observatoire

publication: 1993-00-00

Aesthetic Profile

feminism (AAT)
conceptual (AAT)

artists' books (LCSH)
political art (AAT)

themes: feminine roles, anxious bride, internal struggle, forgetfulness []

content form:
visual narrative (local)

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: Women's magazines and bridal publications. [J.Drucker]

related works: L'observatoire n°1 : Point Zéro and L'observatoire n° 2 : La fondation anon, both created by the same artist a few years before this work. [S. Muradi]

other influences: []

community: unknown [J.Drucker]