Checked Baggage. 3264 Prohibited Items. Photographs, concept and design by Christien Meindertsma. Preface by Hans Boutellier. Soeps Uitgeverij, Eindhoven, 2004. 322 pp. Thick oblong quarto. First edition. Stiff printed wrappers. Numerous color reproductions. (Lacking numbered 'confiscated' object.)
"The book CHECKED BAGGAGE: 3264 prohibited items was one of my graduation projects at the Design Academy in Eindhoven where I graduated last summer.
I bought all the objects that were searched from the hand luggage of over 600,000 passengers that travel through Schiphol Airport during one week: one square meter of terrorist weaponry. I categorized the objects, took pictures of every one of them and put them in a book that shows an inventory of these 3264 items. A bizarre collection of products that are seen as potentially terrorists weaponry worldwide (since 11th of September) but are actually mostly ordinary utensils.
With this book I wanted to show how fear is sometimes translated in idiotic security measures. Do I really need to be protected of someone who is carrying children's cutlery in his bag?"--Christien Meindertsma br>
Near Fine; bump to crown of spine; lacking numbered 'confiscated' object.