Unfolding Projects: Afghani and Australian Artist Book Collaborations
In 2009 Artist/Curator Gali Weiss approached a number of Australian artists with the proposal that each produce a small concertina book of images that would form the basis of a dialogue with Afghani women, who would be invited to respond to the images by adding their own texts to the books.
The fourteen artists are Rosalind Atkins, Tracey Avery, Marian Crawford, Ann Cunningham, Dianne Ellis, Susan Gordon-Brown, Jennifer Kamp, Deborah Klein, Ann Riggs, Annelise Scott, Krystal Seigerman, Tanya Ungeri, Gali Weiss and Christine Willcocks.
The books were flown to Afghanistan in mid April.
Here is an excerpt from Gali's website:
"The project is a response to the dire situation of many women in Afghanistan, particularly in relation to literacy. Women in Afghanistan have for years experienced extreme hardships not only due to war but specifically because of their gender. Many women are illiterate because they were and often still are, forbidden, restricted, or discouraged to go to school or complete their education.
Currently, with the assistance of SAWA – Australia (Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan), http://www.sawa-australia.org/, 53 books have been delivered to a vocational training centre in Kabul where women are gaining literacy skills for the first time in their lives. The 53 books comprise the concertinas pictured above and their multiples.
The intent of the artists participating in this project has been to mobilise a process of support and dialogue with Afghani women, that at the same time conveys, “You/we are not alone.” The books can become a conversation – a conversation between women who are in different places, in different circumstances, but who wish to share a voice.
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Welcome to Moth Woman Press
MWP publications include our first book, 'There was once...The collected fairy tales', and the 'Tall Tales' series of unique artist books. Among our limited edition zines are: 'A Short Book about Long Hair', 'Material Girls', 'The Moth Woman Vigilantes', 'The Little Black Hair Book', 'Poker Faces', 'The Moth Woman Vigilantes UNMASKED' and 'The Moth Women Vigilantes ROGUES GALLERY'. MWP artist books and zines can be found in the collections of the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, the State Library of Queensland, the National Gallery of Australia, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK, the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY, Winsor & Newton Australia and the Baillieu Library at Melbourne University.
I am a visual artist who makes paintings, drawings, prints and book art. In 2009 I founded Moth Woman Press, through which I publish my zines and limited edition books, beginning with ‘There was once… The collected fairy tales’, a small anthology of thirteen original stories illustrated with my prints, paintings and drawings. Currently I divide my time between Melbourne and Ballarat in South Western Victoria.
One-of-a-kind artist books, ink and acrylic paint, cloth bound, 80 x 15 cm open). From the 'Tall Tales' series of vertical concertina books, 2013. Left and second from left: collection of the artist, centre: collection State Library of Queensland, right: collection State Library of Victoria. To view other books in the series, click on the image.
MOTH WOMAN PRESS BOOKS AND ZINES
MWP zines in the permanent collection of the National Library of Australia. Click on the image to see a wider selection of MWP limited edition books and zines.
There was once ...The collected fairy tales
(Click on image to see excerpts as a slideshow on Flickr.) Turn the pages of this little book and discover other worlds, where mysterious women disguised in moth masks appear under cover of darkness, and equally elusive women display wondrous hair ornaments decorated with disconcertingly life-like insects. The girl imprisoned in a tower along with her unruly long hair is no Rapunzel, nor is the resourceful young woman saddled with a wicked step parent another Cinderella - they are prepared to rescue themselves if necessary. Beware of the 'stings in the tales' of the moth who looked like a wasp, the pessimistic trapdoor spider and the true story of the girl who wanted to paint. Two cautionary tales reveal the fates of the lazy girl and the boy who tormented animals and insects. There is all of this, and more. Illustrated with a selection of the author's prints, paintings and drawings.
There was once... the collected fairy tales
Published by Moth Woman Press, 2009
The book is limited to 1000 copies
$22.00 plus postage.
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Exhibition archive: Tall Tales at Hand Held Gallery
An exhibition of one-of-a-kind artist's books and miniature paintings. The exhibition ran from 13 June - 6 July 2013.
'behind beauty's masks - works by Deborah Klein': an article by Inga Walton
Originally published in 'etchings', volume 10, published by Ilura Press, Melbourne, 2012. Click on image to read the complete article.