Fiona Tan

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Vox Populi, Norway
by Fiona Tan
Publisher's Description
Commissioned to make a new work for the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo, Fiona Tan collected family photograph albums from as broad and varied a background as possible, eventually selecting two hundred and sixty-seven images that would be individually framed and presented in the Parliament building. For this book, she revisits the entire collection of images—intimate family portraits that capture private if familiar moments: the birth of a child, birthdays, family gatherings, adolescence, holidays, brothers and sisters, first loves, favourite places. Loosely arranged within three familiar strains—Portrait, Home and Nature—unexpected cross-references and playful associations unfold.

While a visual document of a country’s people, there is nothing obvious that would identify VOX POPULI, Norway as being Norwegian. The reader is drawn into a seductive and popular ethnography where images of the private and intimate challenge the ideology of official national portraits, and yet also assume a master narrative that defines the whole.
ISBN: 1870699904
Publisher: Book Works
Paperback : 125 pages
Language: English
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