SCHOLTEN, Els. Nulla da Dire [Nothing to Say: Part V]. [N.p: Self-published], 1993.

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Nulla da Dire [Nothing to Say: Part V].
[N.p: Self-published], 1993.

Oblong 4to (194 × 284 mm), pp.[532]. 264 black-and-white photographs. Black endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine and upper side silk-screened in yellow; head starting, scattered white spots to lower side. Signed and numbered in pencil by Scholten to to rear pastedown. Near-fine.

First edition, one of just 15 copies, signed. This artists’ book consists of photographs taken from copies of the Italian newspapers La Republica and La Corriere della Serra, which were collected by Scholten during a series of visits to Rome. Each page shows a man, usually a politician or other public figure, gesturing with his hands or caught between words. Scholten began the series in 1988 following a three-month stay in Rome. In total she made 9 volumes, each in an edition of 15 copies, concluding the project in 1998. In 2000 she added a tenth volume of photographs of women.

Scarce, OCLC locates 4 copies of the 1990 volume: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum; Kunstbibliothek - State Museums of Berlin. 1 copy of the 1993 volume: Bavarian State Library, Munich. 1 copy of the1995 volume: Victoria & Albert Museum. 1 copy of the 1996 volume: Saxon State and University Library Dresden. 1 copy of the 2000 volume: Victoria & Albert Museum.

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