The Crossing of Two Lines

Performing Pictures, Dougald Hine

The Crossing of Two Lines is a collaboration between Stockholm-based artist duo Performing Pictures, graphic designers Transfer Studio and writer Dougald Hine. From the Croatian island of Rab to the pueblo of Zegache in Oaxaca, Mexico, hundreds of colour photographs chart the making and use of venerative artefacts. Meanwhile, in a series of texts – one essay, four interviews, ten short poems – and four illustrations, we trace the intersecting lines of personal and collective experience which meet in this work.

The Virgin of Guadalupe appears before a camera crew on a Mexican hillside. A wooden shrine is hammered to a watchtower on a deserted Soviet army base. A stonemason fixes a cross to the roof of a roadside chapel in his family’s village.

‘We are used to art that employs the symbols of religion in ways seemingly intended to unsettle or provoke many of those to whom these symbols matter,’ writes Hine. ‘Yet to the consumers of contemporary art, those who actually visit galleries, it is more uncomfortable to be confronted with work in which such symbols are used without the frame of provocation.’

Each of the four chapter illustrations are available as three colour silk-screens made as a unique edition of 10 art prints. Each print is signed and numbered on the front.

The book is designed by Transfer Studio and published by Elemental Editions. The publishing has been made possible with the support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committe and the EU Cultural Program.

ContributorsPerforming Pictures, Dougald Hine, Transfer Studio
Filed under Art, Photography, Poetry, Theory
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