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 (8.25 x 5.75 in./21 x 15 cm.). First edition. Stiff printed wrappers. Numerous color reproductions. With confiscated Swiss Army knife.
"Meindertsma raises [important] questions in an interesting and telling way. She simply piles up bland, evidential photographs of mute, mostly banal objects that nevertheless arouse a degree of disquiet about some of the things that are happening in contemporary democracies, where those 'defending' freedom might actually be undermining it"--Parr and Badger.
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"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
Fine with just a trace of wear to 'tips'. Objects label slightly creased.