A Possible Life.
Conversations with Gualbert.
By Ben Krewinkel.
f0.23 publishers, 2012. 80 pp., color illustrations throughout, 8¼x11¾".
Signed copies available!
A documented account of an undocumented resident of The Netherlands.
Compiling an assortment of legal documents, postcards, transcripts of
interviews, family photographs, and contemporary photographs taken by the
photographer, the work gives a sense of the life of an illegal alien, as well as a
sort of biography, though the documentation and photographs are anonymised.
Bound in an A4 packet of papers which are sealed and must be opened, the
medium promotes the feeling of both an official document, as well as a secret
which must be kept, and to which we've been made privy. The work contains a
'complete' life and history of an alien, and yet, he is unknowable. In transcripts,
he speaks of his life back in Niger, as well as his conflicting desires to return
home and to be successful in The Netherlands. It's an insightful collaboration
into a lifestyle rarely seen outside of shadows.
Read Colin Pantall's review of A Possible Life on photo-eye Blog.