“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”. Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
This project tries to represent the explosion of information that overwhelmed travellers like me who visit Egypt for the first time. The photo-montages as well as the structure of the book « in a loop » demonstrate how difficult it is to connect all the information of this place : geographically (with the maps of Northern and Southern Egypt, made from aerial maps) and culturally (the series of photographs of bazaars). Since the majority of the territory is covered by the desert, the two covers have been treated to allow the reader to feel the sand and the smoothness of the water.
Edition of 100, 2011
8.6 inches x 6.75 inches ; 12 pages. Modified double-sided accordion structure. One side has two Egyptian map folds, each sitting in the valley fold of the main structure, 15 3/4 inches x 15 3/4 inches. The other side is a more conventional accordion with 6 panels of photographs sitting in the valley fold of the main structure, 7 1/2 inches x 6 inches, open: 35.5 inches x 6 inches. Printed offset. Both covers treated with a sand texture and embossed.
Slipcased: Book slipped into matching full band with printed title, which then fits into an opaque envelope.
Box: 10 inches x 10.5 inches. Cloth-covered custom box with snap closure and papyrus title label that contains a smaller hard-sided pop-up holder that book slips into.
Prototype: Gianni and Giuseppe Sechi
Thank you to Enzo Brambilla and Giorgio Anzani