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Die Kunst ein Mensch zu sein

Photographs 1996 – 2019


Die Kunst ein Mensch zu sein contains a selection of Jesse Faber’s masked photo portraits

Author(s): Jesse Faber, Arnon Grunberg
Appeared on: November 22, 2019
Language: English
Pages: 148
Size: 190 x 240 mm
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9789462263598
Year: 2019
Photography: Jesse Faber
Publisher: Lecturis
Design: Studio Wessling

The book Die Kunst ein Mensch zu sein and the like-named photo series by de Amsterdam artist Jesse Faber is a reaction to a dialogue between two of the most significant contemporary artists in art history. Artist Joseph Beuys once said: ‘Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler’, to which Martin Kippenberger replied ‘Jeder Künstler ist ein Mensch’.

Die Kunst ein Mensch zu sein includes a selection of Faber’s masked photo portraits, taken with a 6×6 Hasselblad camera in the 1990’s. In a humorous, yet serious way, Faber plays with the theme of identity in our daily lives. Can we really be who we are? Or do we wear a mask to hide our true identity, only showing a different face to the outside world?

The book is released to mark the 20-year anniversary of Faber as an artist and alongside his portrait photos from the 90’s also includes a series of new, masked photo portraits made recently by the artist. Especially for this occasion, author Arnon Grunberg has written an essay for Die Kunst ein Mensch zu sein.

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Weight 653 g