Ok, so it’s that time of the year, and many 2011 photobook lists are on the internet already.
I’ll give my 5 favorite acquisitions of 2011 (it’s important to say acquisitions, not books published during the year) soon, and before that I’d like you to participate in the One Year of books 2011 list.
My idea is to do the One Year of books 2011 analytics, so please take some time to look at our 2011 posts, like your favorite books, and the first post of the year will be your list. You have until December 31st 11:59:59pm, Paris time.
Do you think I’ve missed a masterpiece during the year ? please let me know !
If you don’t have a tumblr and can’t “like” the books, send me your “likes” by email : lvecten(at)gmail.com
And because you’re still looking for cool gift ideas for your friends for late Christmas or the New Year’s, don’t forget the One Year for Japan calendar
Kigali international airport There was a hurried exit. Over a period of four days, starting on 9 April 1994, some 3900 people of 22 nationalities left Rwanda with the help of European troops flown in for that purpose. The United Nations agencies, the aid and development agencies, co-operation missions and embassies shut their doors as the diplomats and western technical, training and expert advisers left Rwanda.
Grave in a latrine, Nyamata Corrugated iron sheeting barely conceals a latrine hole into which approximately 56 bodies were thrown. Some people were buried in secluded places while others were left lying where they fell.
Clothes hanging, Murambi technical college People fled in the clothes they were wearing and took little with them; survivors wore the same clothes for months. Many victims were buried naked after their clothes were looted. These bloodied rags belonged to the victims of the massacre at Murambi, where an estimated 40000 people were killed after having sought sanctuary at the hill-top technical college.
Emmanuel Mugangira, Murambi technical college Today Murambi is one of the six national memorial sites. The caretaker, Emmanuel Mugangira, unlocks the doors of the classrooms and dormitories. They are filled with human remains. His family was killed here : his wife, his five children - the eldest 13 years old - his eight brothers and sisters. “Those who perpetrated the genocide sometimes say that nothing happened here”, says Mugangira.
Bodies covered in lime, Murambi
Salon de coiffure, La Mignore, Kigali During the genocide, murals on the walls of hairdressing salons were defaced because they showed people who were considered to look like Tutsi. In Kabgayi, Gitarama, a statue of the Virgin Mary was destroyed for the same reason.
Ntarama catholic church The church at Ntarama was a traditional sanctuary - people had fled there during previous attacks on Tutsi. The massacre took place on the morning of 15 April, after several hundred attackers including soldiers, gendarmes and Interahamwe carrying machetes, spears and clubs had arrived by bus from Kigali. The provincial governor of the Kigali-Rural Prefecture, François Karera, was later held criminally responsible for having instigated and participated in the extermination of the people in Ntarama Church.
After the massacre it was impossible to enter the church because so many corpse were piled behind the door. The view through the window showed bodies on top of each other and strewn among the pews. Later, some of them were eaten by wild dogs and vermin; eventually only personal possessions and bones remains.
Kigali Memorial center Since the memorial center was established, it has been subjected to two grenades attacks, in one of which a policeman was killed. The centre has subsequently been given 24-hour armed protection.
The view over lake Kivu from the catholic church and home St Jean complex, Kibuye An uncountable number of people were drowned in rivers and lakes which were also used to dump rotting bodies. Evidence of genocide was there for the world to see as bloated bodies were swept downstream and out of Rwanda to emerge in the rivers and lakes of neighbouring countries. Bodies were washed up on shorelines sometimes with heads and legs missing. Some women had their children still strapped to their backs.
Published 2009, by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.
This morning i’ve been awake by my husband and my son with a birthday cake, and this is the present I had for my ??th. As I said to Pierre this is really great because this is taking me to some place I would have never gone to. Thank you dears.
First I like this book as an object : the use of hardcover and newspaper at the same time, now I have to take some time to read the text, and get into Ruff’s work.
PS : yes I know the gift wrap we have is ridiculous. Those of you who have kids will understand.
I have been asked to be juror for the Paris Photo book prize during Paris Photo. This was organised by Aperture, and Paris Photo, and the idea was to select the best photobook of the last 15 years. There was a selection of 60 books. This one was one of the 60 books, so after the vote I ran to the Akaaka booth, and bought the book.
I was very happy and honored to be one of the jurors, I worked for a few days on this, looking at the books, and now I’m looking for a few of the selected books.