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Jan Philipzen - Ravedeath Convention

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176 pages
Edited by Jan Philipzen & Jurgen Maelfeyt
26 x 21 cm
Language: English
Publisher: Art Paper Editions
Edition of 500

Started as a visual diary, Ravedeath Convention soon grew into  a hybrid of autobiography and fiction. While love, joy and friendship are explored, violence and excess come about too, often captured only as traces and symptoms. A collision of different, occasionally mismatched, cultural symbols stresses the all-embracing blend of subcultres as a fundamental feature of our times.

The first pictures taken at age thirteen, this series of black and white images is the edit of a continuous process of photographing, revisiting and reworking over a span of ten years. In the crippled prints the physical presence of body and photograph merge, celebrating human imperfection. The title references Tim Hecker’s album ‘Ravedeath,1972’.