Elsa Werth A Land, 2019

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Specifications

Sheet of 99 x 69cm
Printed on white offset paper 70g
Folded as a road map


Production

Edition of 60 numbered and signed copies and
15 artist's proofs
Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2019

©2019 Elsa Werth and mfc-michèle didier
NB: All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission of the artist and the publisher.

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A Land is the product of a collage, a list of all the common nouns starting with letter A, in alphabetical order, to which the term "land" has been added systematically.

Abackland
Abaftland
Abandonland
Abandonmentland
Abaseland
Abasementland
Abateland
...

Built on the same structure as the names of real countries, such as Switzerland, Groenland, Holland, Poland, these fictional terms nevertheless make sense. They display different metaphorical ranges that evoke in turns: freedom, oppression, absurdity, banality, abstraction, exoticism. Balancing between promises and fear, these words echo current events and interrogate the meaning of our relation to territory.

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