How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother

Roelof Bakker (photographs)

How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother Roelof Bakker Negative Press London 2016

How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother is a book of photographs printed as postcards, showing the recorded ages on headstones of fallen World War I and World War II soldiers.  The photographs were taken in war cemeteries tended by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium, the Netherlands and England. Every age from eighteen to fifty is included. These are cards for quiet contemplation, not for sending.

The book is dedicated to Canadian World War I soldier James Carter Irwin (1898-1916) and his mother Jennie Carter Irwin (1871-1925). Mrs Irwin supplied the wording for the epitath that appears on her son’s headstone, the title of this project.

Jan Woolf writes “(The work) doesn’t aestheticise war, but it does personalise it, as the artist invites us to reflect on the hopes and dreams any of us may have had at twenty two – thirty three – fifty… ”

More information at www.rbakker.com/hopes

Available from the Negative Press online shop and at Boekie Woekie, Berenstraat 16, 1016GH Amsterdam, Netherlands.

An exhibition of the photographs from the project took place at The Library, Dutch Church, Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA from 11 October to 18 December 2016. Roelof Bakker paid tribute to James Carter Irwin and Jennie Carter Irwin in a Remembrance Day speech in the Dutch Church on 13 November 2016. An article about the background to the project appears at the University of Kent’s Gateways to the First World War website.

Exhibition view

Exhibition view, How Many Hopes Lie Buried Here Mother, at Dutch Centre, London EC2N 2HA

‘Age 18’ (Brompton Cemetery, London)

‘Age 18’ (Brompton Cemetery, London)

Fold out sleeve, thirty-three postcards, bound-in leaflet, black elastic band
Size 148.5 x 105 x 18mm
Numbered edition of fifty , £20
Publication date 31 July 2016

In Camera

In Camera David Gledhill Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle (text) and David Gledhill (paintings)

East Germany, the Cold War. A doctor’s daughter experiments with her father’s camera and eavesdrops on his consultations.

In their paintings and fiction, David Gledhill and Nicholas Royle explore the nature of surveillance, in this, the fourth publication by Negative Press London.

The project began when David Gledhill obtained a 1950s East German family album from a Frankfurt flea market and subsequently turned these domestic snapshots into large-scale oil paintings. He then invited Nicholas Royle to collaborate and contribute fiction inspired by the family album paintings.

Michael Caines writes on the Times Literary Supplement blog (30 April 2016): “Perhaps you could call In Camera an eccentric form of ekphrasis.” Read here

Author David Rose (Vault, Posthumous Stories, Meridian) writes: “If you love art and literature, your enjoyment is automatically doubled when both combine. But it is quadrupled when both the art and the text are as fascinating as this. And being set in pre-unification East Germany makes the book enthralling and highly thought-provoking.”

In Camera is available from Foyles (107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT), London Review Bookshop (14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL), Burley Fisher Books (400 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA) and from the Negative Press Shop for worldwide delivery.

David Gledhill In Camera

‘Smile, please! said T from behind me and Father’s face split into a huge grin. © David Gledhill 2016

ISBN 978-0-9573828-3-1
Trim size 148.5 mm x 210 mm
Paperback, PUR bound, with 23 colour paintings
Extent 48 pp
Negative Press London, 10 May 2016


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