Tommaso Tanini

H. said he loved us - WINNER ARLES BOOK AWARD 2015! - MY LAST COPY!

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"Following three years of travels and investigations in Germany, Tommaso Tanini’s book draws on the story of the GDR and the German Ministry for State Security (STASI) to explore the feelings of oppression and dread caused by living in a state of constant suspicion and diffidence. Mingling documentary research and literary references within a fictional narrative framework, his personal photographic study is an elegantly oppressive allegory of authoritarianism and domination.
The images of 'H. said he loved us' are immersed in a world devoid of names and references. Their timeless and spaceless nature reveals instead subtle and psychological qualities. Anonymous corners and small details of urban landscape become enigmatic monuments that echo the feelings of the people Tanini encountered during his research. There is a sinister quietness in the meticulously crafted spaces of his photographs that invokes contemplation.
Emerging from this austere landscape, the stories of five victims of the STASI are presented as a patchwork of collected documents, autobiographical notes, found images and portraits. This way, they acquire a new fragmented spirit, and become loose, anonymous and interactive accounts.
Structured as a rich mosaic of traces and suggestions, 'H. said he loved us' subtly warns us about the cyclical and evil nature of any form of totalitarianism, without imposing any unilateral vision and avoiding clichés." (FC & MFGP)

Tommaso Tanini – ‘H. said he loved us’ is the recipient of the Premio Pesaresi for Contemporary Photography 2014 and Premio Marco Bastianelli for the best Italian self published book of 2014.
Book of the week, Valentina Abenavoli (AKINA) on “H. said he loved us” for Photo-eye

reviews in:
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Gup Magazine –
The Photocaptionist (Feature) –

Aus internationaler Sicht sind die Überwachungsmechanismen des DDR-Regimes immer noch unvorstellbar und immer ein Fotoprojekt wert.
'H. said he loves us' ist ein narrativ aufgebauter Fotoband des Italieners Tommaso TANINI; der in einer einmaligen Auflage von weltweit 800 Exemplaren aufgelegte Titel wurde in Italien ausgezeichnet und fand auch international Beachtung, weil er in eindringlicher Form - unter Verwendung von dokumentarischem Archiv-Material und aufgezeichneten Interviews - darlegt, wie tief der Zugang war, den sich die Staatsicherheit der DDR bei der Beschaffung von Informationen zu DDR-Bürgern verschaffte - bis in familiäre und andere private Intimsphären hinein.
'H. said he loves us' gehört in das Regal, z.B. zusammen mit Arwed MESSMERS Band 'Re-enactment'.