"My intention was to make a self-portrait made by other people. Their way to experience me would stay in the foreground.
I was asking my ex boyfriends and lovers to give me all the pictures they took of me during our relationship. The pictures I got were from a twenty-five years period of time. The first photo was done when I was nineteen, the last one this year when I’m forty-five. The series contains fifty-five photographs and has nine different authors. I’m presenting the pictures in a chronological order.
The work can be seen as biographical work, telling about a part of my life, but it’s also an indirect portrait of the photographer, the partner behind the camera.
An aspect that is interesting to me is the special way of looking at each other when you are in love. These pictures can be seen as an attempt capture closeness and attraction between two people within a photograph." (Jenny ROVA)
"In this book, Swedish-born visual artist Jenny ROVA presents a self-portrait, but from the perspective of others.
She asked her ex-boyfriends and lovers to give her the pictures they made of her during their relationship, ending up with a series that spans 25 years of her life.
Nostalgic and often intimate portraits emerge through the eyes of nine different people, ordered chronologically and with the first snapshot taken when ROVA was just 20 years old.
Together the 55 portraits in the series can be seen as a biographical account, but also an indirect portrait of the unseen photographer, the partner behind the camera. The pictures capture the closeness between two people in a single image." (publisher's note)
Der titel des Buches, 'A Self Portrait through the eyes of my lovers' sagt bereits Alles über en Inhalt des Buches: die Fotografien sind sämtlich chronologisch geordnete (Selbst)-Portraits der Künstlerin, aus der Sicht ihres jeweils aktuellen Freundes.
Die Künstlerin nimmt wieder eine Rolle an, die Rolle der Freundin als Frau, Geliebte, Mensch... In Zeiten, wo Menschen einen Fremden Passanten oder den Selfie-Stick zur Hilfe nehmen, im sich selbst zu verewigen, verwendet Jenny Rova bereits bestehendes (Analog)-Material, um ihre Verwandlung durch die Zeit und ihre jeweilige Rolle zu dokumentieren.
Das Buch ist sehr gut produziert.