Kent Klich: Gaza Works

Hasselblad Foundation

The story behind

We designed the book accompanying the exhibition Kent Klich: Gaza Works at Hasselblad Foundation. Kent Klich has photographed life in the Gaza Strip since the early 2000s, offering alternative images to the short-lived sensationalism of mass media. The book comprises photos of Klich’s work, together with essays by, among others, Judith Butler, Mette Sandbye, Raji Sourani, Eyal Weizman and Louise Wolthers.

The theme in the book is dark and disturbing and unsuitable for a coffee-table book or a »white cube« concept. We made a softbound book with black edges. The photographs were treated as full bleed images on uncoated paper with a high bulk with the addition of a terracotta colour throughout the publication. We added blank spaces in various places in the essays as a parallel to the missing people, objects and furniture in Klich’s depictions of everyday life in Gaza. The book was published by Koenig Books in 2017.

The book was awarded »Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2018«, and an honorary mention at the photobook festival Les Rencontres d’Arles.

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