Publisher Note

“Beauty is the last veil that covers the horrible.” (Zizek/Lacan/Rilke)
By sequencing recurring patterns from the streets of Kolkata, “The Veil of Maya 1” materializes on paper the flayed skin of a city. Layers and layers of colourful posters and promising ads cover the walls like an aesthetic bacteria; it’s intermittence is almost compulsive. This 2000-page volume brings together an overflowing torrent of “imaginary photographs” in an editorial ideal of copiousness.
“The Veil of Maya 1” is the first of 7 artist-books to be published in the coming years in a very limited edition of 35 copies each. Taking its title from a common metaphor defining the state of perennial illusion in which people are trapped, “The Veil of Maya” serial project deals with the duality enchantment-disenchantment from 7 different perspectives. In this editorial experiment, photography is often mixed with appropriated materials from various sources, both textual and visual, creating a profusion of eclectic scenarios.
Photographs © Tiane Doan na Champassak. Custom-made box by Laurel Parker Book.

Release Place Paris, France
Edition 1st edition
Release Date November 2018
Printrun 35
Inscription numbered, signed, Handwritten
Topics Kolkata, Massage Parlours, Posters
Methods Mobile Phone Photography, Photography
Dimensions 22.0 × 33.0 × 10.0 cm
Pages 2000
Technique Customized Box, Digital Printing, Handwriting