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A Worm Crossed The Street
Nadja Bournonville

A Worm Crossed The Street, Nadja BournonvilleA Worm Crossed The Street
Nadja Bournonville


592 Pages
210 x 285 mm
ISBN 9783903334106


With ‘A worm crossed the street’, Nadja Bournonville takes us into the archives of Vienna’s Natural History Museum, the shelves of which are filled with animals transformed into dermoplastic exhibits, skeletons and wet preparations, for the most part bent and faded. Preserved in ethanol, once treated with arsenic, they are under continual scrutiny for insect infestations. These archived animals are now a mere shadow not only of their former selves, but often of their entire species. Research here is driven by the sorting, categorising and classifying of these objects in order to construct a systematic taxonomy of the animal kingdom. But how does our relationship to the specimens at the museum as representatives of their species change in an age of declining biodiversity? With each species that becomes extinct, its genetic information is irrevocably lost, and the process of disappearance is irreversible. Preservation, photographs, and digital reanimations cannot halt that process, but merely accompany it, and follow the traces of what has disappeared. The 377 black-and-white photographs in the book also reference Inger Christensen’s poem Alphabet, laid out in accordance with the Fibonacci sequence, with excerpts here accompanying the photographs.


About the Artist
Nadja Bournonville was born in Sweden in 1983, she is based in Berlin.


About the Publisher
FOTOHOF has been publishing books and catalogues by Austrian and international photographers since its foundation in 1981.
Over 300 mainly monographic titles have been published so far, generating a publishing house with international distribution channels.

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