Rosie Heinrich — we always need heroes

Rosie Heinrich — we always need heroes

210×297 mm/ 136 pages + 8 pages insert / softcover / Printed in Cyan, Magenta, Gold and Black + perforated pages / English / Design Hans Gremmen / isbn 978-94-90119-66-9 / Best Dutch Book Design 2018 / Best Dutch Book Design 2018 — Student selection / Shortlist Arles Book Awards 2019 / 30,- euro (excl. shipping)

We construct our reality by telling stories. And when faced with something that is inconsistent with our story, we most often find ways to reframe it, construe it to our convenience, or dismiss it. ‘Alternative facts,’ so to speak. But sometimes events take place that differ so profoundly from what we have told ourselves that our whole story seems in danger of caving in. When the banks collapsed in Iceland in 2008, not only did the country fall into a deep recession, they also found themselves in a ‘cultural crash’; the country’s collective reality turned out to be an illusion, a construct: fiction. This meta-dialogue is marked by a distinctive notation system as well as alternative texts, both of which are integrated within the subtitling of the work. These are the building blocks of a story that Heinrich combines with the building blocks of a tangible cultural landscape: images of sand, clay, lava, rock and pigment.

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