São TRINDADE, Léo FAVIER (Book Design)

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart

Unbound SC, risograph printing, 20 x 27 cm.,
28 pp., 13 b/w ills., no text, Ötd. to 200 copies.
Ghost 2015 (2013).
ISBN n.a.

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"The origin of this work of self-fiction can be found in one of São Trindade’s sketchbooks, this one entirely devoted to the subject of loss or decadence. With references to the aesthetics of crime scenes and nightlife photographed by Weegee in New York in the 1930 and 1940’s, the device is simple: in a "real décor," São Trindade’s body, abandonned and unconscious, is photographed. The body is always the same but differently ‘prepared’ and ‘composed’ with new dresses, new gestures, new signs of a recent activity or a different personality. Each image has its particular story and each space is a sounding board for each of these performative states of body.
Closing the series (and serving as a cover), a direct quote from the famous photograph 'Murder in Hell's Kitchen' (1944) by Weegee where the revolver of the original photograph is replaced by a flash and where the body of the gangster is replaced by the body a photographer (the one who took the pictures?)." (publisher's note)

“Well I got a bad liver and broken heart,
Yeah, I drunk me a river since you tore me apart
And I don’t have a drinking problem,
‘Cept when I can’t get a drink
And I wish you’d a-known her, we were quite a pair,
She was sharp as a razor and soft as a prayer
So welcome to the continuing saga, she was my better half, and I was just a dog
And so here am I slumped, I’ve been chipped and I’ve been chumped on my stool
So buy this fool some spirits and libations, it’s these railroad station bars
And all these conductors and porters,
And I’m all out of quarters
And this epitaph is the aftermath,
Yeah I choose my path, hey, come on, Kath,
(…)”
(Tom Waits ‘Bad Liver And A Broken Heart’ - 'Small Changes', 1976)

About the photographer (*1960):
'Bad Liver and a Broken Heart' is the first book of the Portuguese visual artist São Trindade. This series was first exposed in 2007 at KGaleria, Lisbon, Portugal. 1st ed.: 300 copies, 2nd: 200 copies

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Dieses Büchlein im DIN A4-Format habe ich in Spanien gefunden und nach Köln 'exportiert'.
Mich überzeugte die einfache Machart, kombiniert gutem Design und interessantem Bildmaterial. Die Kamera auf dem Cover weist auf Reportage-Fotografie like 'WEEGEE' aus den 30er und 40er Jahren hin; ich hatte hingegen gleich den Songtext von Tom Waits im Ohr, den ich weiter unten im Text wieder gegeben habe.
Daher ist die Arbeit nicht nur als Objekt mit Risographien zu verstehen, sondern auch unter Verwendung des (ironisch gemeinten?) Ausgangsmaterials - Frauen mit offensichtlichem Kontrollverlust,- als Zitat:

“Well I got a bad liver and broken heart,
Yeah, I drunk me a river since you tore me apart
And I don’t have a drinking problem,
‘Cept when I can’t get a drink
And I wish you’d a-known her, we were quite a pair,
She was sharp as a razor and soft as a prayer
So welcome to the continuing saga, she was my better half, and I was just a dog
And so here am I slumped, I’ve been chipped and I’ve been chumped on my stool
So buy this fool some spirits and libations, it’s these railroad station bars
And all these conductors and porters,
And I’m all out of quarters
And this epitaph is the aftermath,
Yeah I choose my path, hey, come on, Kath,
(…)”
(Tom Waits ‘Bad Liver And A Broken Heart’ - 'Small Changes', 1976)