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Investigation of Love by Lilia Luganskaia

  • Title: Investigation of Love
  • Artist: Lilia Luganskaia
  • Designer: Lilia Luganskaia
  • Editor: Lilia Luganskaia
  • Printer: Wilco (Vanadiumweg 9, Amersfoort, The Netherlands)
  • Publication date and place: 25.04.2018/Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Edition: 250
  • Format, binding: Hardcover/sewn bound in half linen
  • Size: 16,2 x 22,9 cm x 1,7cm
  • Number of pages and images: 240 pages/260 images
  • Type of printing and paper: Offset printing(full color)/ Paper: 100 gsm Munken Pure
  • Retail price: 50EUR
Book description: “Investigation of Love” explores the photograph as evidence, in particular whether photographs can function as proof for such an abstract notion as love. The project was inspired by application for a Dutch residence permit. The procedure involved presenting photographs of the couple relationship, their holiday pictures and snippets of daily life, to an anonymous immigration officer for assessment. But whether several pictures of a couple duly justify love? And if not, how many more images would it take to do so? Is it at all possible to depict an emotional bond with photography? What can be a real evidence of love? In “Investigation of Love” photography is employed as a detective tool. The book is a visual timeline of a relationship in a collection of objects and photographs.The collection of 514 personal objects is handled as an evidence and has been photographed in a clean, catalogued environment. It includes a set of dessert forks purchased at the Texel island flea market, postcards, the furniture which the couple bought together, books which they recommended to each other, and even a dog. “Investigation of Love” is an attempt to encounter love through its evidence: the personal archive, daily objects, documents and letters.
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