The Censored Chapter

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The exhibition “Bi-bli-o-logia: The Book as Body” at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, curated by Raphaël Sigal and Drorit Gur Arie, places the book at its center. The focus is not the book's content - the ideas behind the words - but rather the book as an object. The various exhibits investigate the books' materialness. The meticulous curation has created a tight ensemble, which tells a real story. Three main interrelated axes address the question of materialness in three ways. The first looks at the book as an object: its object-ness, its texture, and its physical aspects, which remain when the content, the essence of the book, is removed. The second axis is the emotional investment in the object, the fetishistic aspect of our relationship with books: collecting, touching, holding, and being curious about them. This axis is the irrational aspect, the desire, in our attitude towards books. The third axis is the most important, an investigation of the affinity of the book as an object to the human body and of the book to the subject.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016


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