Publisher Note english

One of TIME Magazine’s best photobooks of 2019, Abendlied (Evening Song) examines how individual relationships in a family are shaped by the processes of growing up, aging, and eventually letting go. It reveals how this circle of life not only contributes to an ebb and flow of connection, but also to a feeling of separation within the family bond.

The project aims to look at the elements that create a family: not just the genes, but also the stories and secrets, as well as the objects that we surround ourselves with. The things that have always been there, are handed down, and make up the tangible and visible material that turns houses into homes. In this series they become poetic stand-ins for underlying emotions and the “unspeakable” that is unique to each family.

Although a personal inquiry, Abendlied reflects on the broader psychological components of identity, heritage and belonging. How are we shaped by the place we call home? What happens to us when we lose this foundational base? How does it continue to live inside of us, even if it ceases to exist in its physical form? Can it be replaced? These questions are an essential byproduct of our human condition, and even though individual answers may vary, we are undeniably united as humans by the fact that the place we come from leaves a fundamental imprint on us.

Publisher
Release Place New York, NY, United States of America
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2019
Credits
Artist: Birthe Piontek
Printrun 500
Identifiers
ISBN-13: 978-0-9985180-7-7
Work  
Subform Photobook
Topics Relationships
Methods Photography
Language English
Dimensions 18.0 × 26.0 × 1.0 cm
Pages 112
Technique Offset