I was commissioned to write this a few years ago for the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava (and thank you to all the photo...
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Christien Meindertsma provides the next link in the Francis Bacon-Billy William III chain with her new book Pig 05049.
The book is a typological examination of the relationship between a raw material, Pig 05049, and the manufactures said pig goes into - a little reminder of where things come from.
Meindertsma's work seems as earnest as can be but at the same time I do think she is having a bit of fun with it/herself and us. Her previous book, Checked Baggage was excellent. For this, she bought a crate full of sharp implements seized post-911 at Schiphol Security, photographed them and then gave them away with the copies of the book. Gimmicky but fabulous-gimmicky, and fun in a Dutch kind of way.
And she's a designer not a photographer.