Cover, image source: Christoph Schifferli


designed by Saâdane Afif & Alexandra Bruns.

Publisher Note english

French conceptual artist Saâdane Afif has gathered hundreds of postcards picturing fountains, thereby constructing an almost daily history of the year 1917. With the development in the early 20th century of mechanical pumps and indoor plumbing, even the most provincial European town could boast a fountain that was no longer functional but purely decorative. Afif connects these advancements to parallel progress in photography and its reproduction, as well as the expansion of the postal service. Altogether, the book with its fascinating mementos of correspondence becomes a keen reflection on the initial stages of globalisation as we know it today. With a text by Tacita Dean.

Artists’ Book

Fountain 1917

by Saâdane Afif

Release Place Monaco, Monaco
Zurich, Switzerland
Release Date 2017
Writer: Tacita Dean
Artist: Saâdane Afif
ISBN-13: 9783906217093
Original Price 40.00 EUR
Topics Fountains, Postcards, Vintage Postcards
Methods Photography
Language French, English, German
Dimensions 17.0 × 24.0 cm
Pages 272

last updated 149 days ago

Data Contributor: Christoph Schifferli

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