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Thomas Sauvin / Kensuke Koike
No More No Less

Photographs and collages edited by Thomas Sauvin, Kensuke Koike

Design by Federico Carpani

Skinnerboox, 2018

Edition of 400 copies

One folded sheet + 2 booklets

76 pp., color and b/w illustrated throughout

150 x 200 mm

ISBN 978-88-94895-19-3

Item #0958

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Selected as one of the Best Books of 2018 by Simon Baker

"[...] this is one of the most fluid and well-executed collaborations that I have seen with archival material or in general over the past few years. It reminds me that there still exists new forms to investigate between minds and new images to raise the bar of skill as a result." Brad Feuerhelm ASX

In 2015, French artist Thomas Sauvin acquired an album produced in the early 1980s by an unknown Shanghai University photography student. The album comprises original negatives, silver prints, manuscript comments from an anonymous professor, and shows the student’s diligence in mastering the rules applying to the conventional portrait. This volume was given a second life through the expert hands of Kensuke Koike, a Japanese artist based in Venice whose practice combines collage and found photography.

 The series, “No More, No Less”, born from the encounter between Koike and Sauvin, includes new silver prints made from the album’s original negatives. These prints were then submitted to Koike’s sharp imagination, who, with a simple blade and adhesive tape, deconstructs and reinvents the images. However, these purely manual interventions all respect one single formal rule: nothing is removed, nothing is added, “No More, No Less”. In such a context that blends freedom and constraint, Koike and Sauvin meticulously explore the possibilities of an image only made up of itself.

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