A photographic collection of hands taken between 2016 and 2019 across London, Berlin and Denver by Ozziline Bill.
The subject matter of strangers’ hands and haptic gestures, considers the narratives constructed out of mundane, day-to-day transactions, whilst reflecting on the compulsive activity of Ozziline Bill’s own hands taking the photographs.
The images are supported by introspective monologues in six chapters by editor and co-curator Brenna Horrox.
Evolved with and printed by Folium Publishing, The Possessed Hands of Bill is presented as a hand sized book.
Designed by Numbered Editions, the bespoke ‘hand gesture’ typeface on the front cover captures our tactile imagination and is reflective of the hands within.
In the current climate the focus of hands is particularly interesting. The photographs within The Possessed Hands of Bill become an archive for the 'old world' of frequent haptic meetings with strangers. Simultaneously offering an alternative proposition of experiencing touch through images and words that arouse our tactile imagination.
130mm x 210mm, 108 pages, full colour digital printing throughout, perfect bound, softcover with foil type, 2020.
Correspondence - we want to showcase the power of cooperation and collaboration. By celebrating works that involve two or more artists working together, we bring to the forefront the idea that we are better together and unexpected and exciting things happen when we connect with each other.
“The term correspondence can mean “close similarity” and “communication by exchanging letters”, if we try to combine both meanings, the distance between the correspondents is recognised physically, whilst in immaterial ways, such as ideas, ways of thinking and interests there is an undividable proximity. The mind denies the physical distance and finds a way to remain in conversation.Artists can interpret the word “correspondence” freely. I believe that collaborating and influencing each other is always part of artistic production. Even today, no one is living in full isolation. This could be the perfect opportunity to create conditions that artists need to work together and discover how that process of influences and interference can be the space for creating a truly unique and unexpected body of works. I find it fascinating the idea of artists in conversations and that this exchange takes the form of an artwork, as a third entity to this relationship.”
Correspondence in ‘The Possessed Hands of Bill’ can be seen to manifest itself in numerous ways. As this was the first collaboration between artist Ozziline Bill and curator Brenna Horrox into a new territory of book making, they instantaneously recognised the need for informal conversation and knowledge sharing. Their ‘learn as you go’ attitude evolved into a ‘learn as you converse’ method. This back and fourth dialect throughout the book making process enabled them to find their own voice within the world of the Artist’s Book. At every step of the pre-production and curation, Ozziline and Brenna would chat, research, learn, unlearn, reach out to others and chat again.
The dialogue between images and words within the book are a physical correspondence to the conversation between artist and curator, demonstrating how correspondence can be an artistic medium in itself. The photographs taken over 3 years are taken out of an impulsive desire to document the hand-frenzied activity of daily-life, the words reflect, analyse and empathise with these images from the writers own experiences.
This dialogue can be further exchanged beyond Ozziline and Brenna to the audience as they flick through ‘The Possessed Hands of Bill’. Perhaps they will begin to examine their own hands, the hands that flick through, and the hands of those around them; feeling familiar and strange at the same time, creating space for a dialogue, corresponding to that of Ozziline and Brenna’s.
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