Statement of the photographer, Arko DATTO
"During the day people are so busy with their lives, but at night they are more honest. That's what I want to capture on my walks." (freely translated, © Arko DATTO)
"At night, it is often the case that both people and animals return to their truest and most intense physical and psychological state. Indian photographer Arko DATTO contemplates the night and the life existing in nocturnal spaces, often in direct and brutal confrontation with each other, passing through them as if it were a dream. The photobook 'Will my mannequin be home when I return' is conceived as a dream itself, a not fully conscious state in which repetition, superimposition and visions are the reference points for a path into the unknown.
'Will my mannequin be home when I return' is the first chapter of a trilogy that will be published in full over the next few years." (publisher's free translated text, © L'Artiere)
The photo volume 'Will my mannequin be home when I return', elaborately produced as a softcover in 6-color printing with luminescent cover, contains colorful full-page night shots from an urban environment. Arko DATTO explores what it means to be in direct confrontation with the night. The project is open to multiple levels of interpretation and contains fictional stories that run through the documentary images. The book is limited to 500 copies, the book design is by Nicolas POLLI.
- Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 23 x 30,5 x 2,5 cm., 194 pp., color ills., text language: English, Ltd. to 500 copies