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Book launch Anika Schwarzlose Seeing into Stone

In 2014, Anika Schwarzlose exhibited her series Disguise and Deception in Foam 3h. Since then, she has created many different series and works. To celebrate the launch of her new photobook Seeing into Stone, she returns to Foam Editions for a festive introduction and presentation. On Thursday 3 March, she will sign books and will be interviewed by curator Mascha Domracheva.

About the book

Seeing into Stone describes a technique applied by experienced stone carvers when working on sculptural objects: before they start cutting into a stone, they contemplate its surface to anticipate the structure and natural growth beneath it. This ritual of looking into opaque matter describes a spiritual practice. At the same time, it functions as a metaphor for a special kind of tunnel vision, focused on what lies invisible under a surface.

The book time travels through past and present, above and below ground. Landscapes, impacted and even created by resource extraction, are put into context with contemporary industrial mining equipment and historical cast iron utilitarian goods. Through the combination of images from very different archives, connections are made that speak about the complex relationships of humans and minerals. Images and texts contribute to a debate on mineral and human coevolution that redefines the separation between life and non-life.

Seeing into Stone © Anika Schwarzlose.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and Gemeente Amsterdam.

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund.

Seeing into Stone © Anika Schwarzlose.

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Book launch Anika Schwarzlose Seeing into Stone