The July –September issue of Ultreïa magazine includes a beautiful article on Timbuktu’s ancient manuscript library, the Fondo Kati. The owners of the library trace their descent from a fifteenth-century scholar from Spain and the Songhay Emperors of Mali. This is also the family I lived with during my year in Timbuktu.
I’m so pleased to see the head of the family, Ismaël Diadié Haïdara, featured in the article. He tells the story of the family’s manuscripts and of his recent exile.
Three of my photographs from 2007 accompany the piece.
Quentin, Florence. “D’Al-Andalous a Tombouctou: Le Fabuleux Voyage Des Manuscrits De Tombouctou.” Ultreia, July – September 2017, pp. 35–50. Print.
For those of you who don’t yet know, most of my recent pieces of writing are mini book reviews that I have been posting on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adh2103/
I approach books from a wide variety of genres, with a particular focus on art books and work of art theory and criticism.
I’m particularly proud of my most recent post on “7 Reece Mews; Francis Bacon’s Studio,” — (Thames and Hudson 2001), a collection of Perry Ogden’s photographs of Bacon’s South Kensington studio after his death.
The Tupelo Quarterly just published a pairing of Robert Huddleston’s poetry and my photography.
As we write in our process statement: “The poems and photographs seemed to pair off like dance partners. We see the relationship of text and image here as complimentary yet also somewhat antagonistic: an interlocking, refractive sequence, which, like dissonant music, harmonizes but never completely resolves.”
Take a look here: http://www.tupeloquarterly.com/pied-beauty-by-alexandra-huddleston-robert-huddleston/
I’m starting this year off with a 30 day print sale of work from “Vertigo”!
I’ve selected ten of the best photographs from the project, and only ten copies of each of these photographs will be part of this sale.
Check out the work on sale here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/icelandic-landscapes-limited-edition-print-sale-ma?ref=email
I’m launching this sale in order to raise money to fund my upcoming residency at the Cill Rialaig Retreat in County Kerry, Ireland. Cill Rialaig is a restored village of stone cottages, located on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. I went through a competitive application process to secure the residency, which offers a free studio-cottage for a month, complete with a peat burning stove! However, I will have to cover my own airfare and living expenses, and hence the sale.
I’m using the Kickstarter platform for the sale because it has a clear, well designed and easy to use layout.
As always, share the news with others you think might be interested in the work!
Link to the online sale: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1101472817/icelandic-landscapes-limited-edition-print-sale-ma?ref=email
Yes, it’s true, the Kyoudai Press has been very quiet lately, but that’s just because we have been hard at work.
Alexandra, for example, is in the process of developing a new portfolio! You can see more here: http://www.alexandrahuddleston.com/vertigo
On October 16, 2015 the British Library Exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” opened to critical acclaim:
(Open until Tue 16 Feb 2016)
The event includes five photographs from Alexandra’s project “333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu.”
A great review of the show can be read in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/oct/16/british-library-west-africa-word-symbol-song-exhibition
On Thursday, October 15th, Alexandra spoke about her Timbuktu work at SOAS, University of London. The event was well attended and included an excellent question and answer exchange (at least from the perspective of the presenter!)
I’m very honored that one of my alma maters has published a feature article about “333 Saints” in the alumni magazine!
Alexandra Huddleston – “Land of Saints and Scholars.” (Doorways: Holton-Arms School Magazine Summer 2015: 18-23. Print.)
I’ve just uploaded a new short sequence of photographs of Jizō Bosatsu from the Shikoku pilgrimage in Japan (the trip that led to the book “East or West.”) This is a new sequence of some older work.
Description: Each photograph in this short series contains solace and heartbreak. These small stone statues of the Buddhist god Jizō Bosatsu can be found along roadsides throughout Japan, but they are particularly concentrated along the Shikoku 88-temple pilgrimage trail. Jizō Bosatsu is the deity of travelers, pregnant women, and children. Parents give offerings and tie baby-bibs on the statues in supplication for miscarried and aborted fetuses as well as in thanks for the protection of the living. On the pilgrimage trail, the Jizō define a landscape of faith but also one of death. Shot on film using a Mamiya VII camera, these photographs are studies in luminous detail that magnify the beauty, humor, and grief of life in its inseparable relationship to death.
Four photographs from the series “East or West: A Walking Journey Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage” are part of a group show organized by CENTER.
Titled “Immigration, Migration, and Evolving Boundaries” the exhibition is up at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts (Santa Fe, NM, USA) from June 1 – July 31, 2015.
The opening will be June 4 from 5pm – 7pm.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625009341047845/