“How to prove that you were in love?
The traces of sex?
The receipts you had collected
or the deepest memory hidden in your heart?”
9mouth (from PROOF statement)
In the project PROOF, the Chinese artist 9mouth 九口走召 displays memories in an unusual black and white display.
Questioning what is a “proof” of past love, the artist printed the lover’s shots to kept traces of love as a physical testimonial, and mixed it with other documents.
But printed on thermal paper, and alike the tickets and receipts, pictures inexorably vanish in a metaphorical demonstration of the fade of everything.
An album have collected these pictures at one moment : [ PROOF ]
The natural charm of intimate portraits, some candid, some mature, is deepened by the use of thermal paper like a vanitas in paintings, but nor a pattern neither a detail but a material.
The existence of memories is then defined by the medium as a message.
More about the artist 9mouth 九口走召 : 9mouth Biography
Hard cover, swiss binding
Black fabric cover
96 pages, offset print
Art Paper 140g
Page size (in mm) 170 width x 260 height
Texts in English & Chinese
Limited edition of 300 copies.
Photographer: 9mouth 九口走召
Publisher: BROMIDE PUBLISHING HOUSE LIMITED
ISBN : 978-988-77600-7-8
The book is part of the following collections:
• Public Library catalog, Hong-Kong
• JÓZSEF PÉCSI LIBRARY OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House, Budapest.