The Artists´ Books Triennial is the biggest of the three exhibitions.
After tree triennials with more or less Christian themes such as “8 Days” in 1997 (dealing with the idea that God created the world in 7 days – and we are now living on the 8.th day), “Apocalypse” in 2000 and “23 Sins” in 2003, the subject artists had to deal with this time was “Rabbit & House”.
And what does “Rabbit & House” mean? A lot of different things it seems…. but one also notices some similarities. Many artists regard rabbits as a sort of kind, gentle, innocent creatures. More rabbits were exposed in a cage or a sort of “prison”. And the term “house” seems to express both security and protection: my home is my castle, but house can also mean imprisonment and isolation.
Anyway, the books at the exhibition were in all sizes, shapes, forms and outfits: accordion-style-books, pop-up-books, folded books, book-objects, and of course in all sorts of techniques. The result was an overwhelming collection of…crazy books, weird books, serious books, even unpleasant books, but not many “ordinary” ones.
Being an Artists´ Books enthusiast – I almost felt like Alice in Wonderland!