MOURNING a NEW Artist Book: Your Pre-sales Support Production
A new collaboration with Minor Matters Books is in the works for a large-scale artist book to be printed in late 2023. Funding for production comes solely through the contributions of the audience in a pre-sale that ends on August 1, 2023. Minor Matters runs on a crowdsourcing model, so publications are a community effort, and not paid for out of the artist’s pocket.
Kereszi’s earliest photographs from her teenage years are of her father, her grandmother, and the family junk yard they ran for fifty-three years. For over three decades she has collected objects and moments through her camera, while also maintaining an interest in tangible, physical artifacts that extend our relationships to memories.
In early 2018 her father died suddenly, less than a year after her grandmother passed away. Managing grief from these dual and significant losses was made more difficult amid contentious family strife. When her father’s newly-erected headstone was toppled and had to be re-mounted, Kereszi was further distraught, and asked family members nearby to rig an off-the-shelf trail camera within view of the plot. Through that device and its auto-generated photographs, she could “visit” her father’s grave daily, though she was hundreds of miles away.
Kereszi amassed thousands of images over a seven-month period that culminated in the trail camera’s disappearance (it was later discovered tucked behind a headstone). With the forced isolation created by the pandemic, her life as a human, a mother, and a professor radically changed. Seeking order and control when the world provided little of either, she began organizing grids of the visual visits to her father’s grave. This album of her efforts to manage mourning is presented at scale to the hand-created book she lovingly compiled as a record of her grief.
Forthcoming, late 2023, with an essay by Marvin Heiferman
12 × 18.5 inches horizontal; 112 photographs; 32 pages. Hardcover with stab binding.
Visit Minor Matters before August 1, 2023 to join us as a co-publisher and have your name printed in the back as a supporter for a $100 contribution!
Posted on 23 May 2023