FIONA BANNER, ISBN 978-1-907118-99-9, 2010
issued in both silver and white cover
series of 65 unique copies (originally 20 with ISBN number -99-9)
published by Vanity Press, London, England
Fiona Banner’s practice centres on possibilities of language. From her ‘wordscapes’ to her use of a found and transformed military aircraft, Banner juxtaposes aggressiveness and the sensual, performing elements of intimacy, attraction and alienation. The artist alternates between the pathos of battle in her monumental sculptures, and a sense of humor in her works on paper in relation to how we mythologize our history, based on our willingness to be seduced by myths.
Each book has its own title, i.e. each print in this edition is the same and yet each is unique. Each one has its own ISBN number and is registered under its own individual title. Each one of the edition is therefore an official publication and each is an edition in, and only of, itself. An edition of one… a book reduced to a reference, purely an imagined space.
Originally the edition of this series was 20. At a later stage the edition was extended to 65.
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History of prices:
Vanity Press, London GBP 528.75 May 2021
Vanity Press, London € 116,- / US$ 150.- September 2012