Inventaire des objets ayant appartenu à une femme de Bois-Colombes (Inventory objects that belonged to a woman from Bois-Colombes). Photographs and preface by Christian Boltanski. CNAC, Paris, 1974. 48 pp. Octavo (5.5 x 8.25 in./14 x 21 cm) Stiff printed wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
A seminal early Boltanski artist's book! Boltanski uses "photographs as a memorializing agent, to make a record of an individual life." One of a series of four books in which the artist selected a person at random and then photographed all of their worldly goods, creating a "record of a life defined by personal possessions… a biography… Boltanski details the possessions of an anonymous life, and beyond the artistic its aim is essentially social, even sociopolitical…the result is impersonal and objective, and yet intensely moving. Boltanski is demonstrating the power of the archive and the catalogue, the survey that at some point becomes surveillance. In this laying out of a life for our contemplation, all the implications of control are made manifest, and with them the less benign aspects of the modern state"--Parr & Badger
About Near Fine; some very light foxing to front cover; faint shallow crease upper corner; .5 in/1.25 cm tear at base of spine.