by Francis Van Maele
in limited signed editions
"A COFFEE CUP DIARY
SEOUL SUMMER 2005"
Photographs of coffee paper cups
with individual small stories belonging to them
digital laser printing
Hardcover - 28 pages - 11 x 15 cm
October 2005 -
75 numbered & signed copies
25 euro / US$ 32 / GBP 21
review on Boekie-Woekie website, Amsterdam by Tom Wasmuth - 4.3.07
This is a rather small book of brief diary entries and photos of Korean coffee
and soup cups apparently collected during a stay in a Korean city in 2005.
A lone observer chronicles the atmosphere of the city - stray details-
"people going to work... outside demonstrations against capitalismus...
the sound of tires on the wet street." These cityscape details are sometimes
combined with obliquely referenced feelings of anticipation, melancholic yearning,
longing-to-meet, fear-of-losing a certain woman mentioned only as "she" or "her",
and the memories of these feelings are associated with the photo documentation
of the coffee cups which gives an almost cinematic flavour of the Nouvelle Vague
variety, putting us in mind of Goddard's juxtaposition of love stories with the
sights sounds and texts of the City or even the painful romance of
East-Meets-West in Resnais' "Hiroshima Mon Amour".
This unpretentious and poetical little book, in which the author has solved
the problem of what to do with those picturesque fragments collected from exotic
destinations, those details of everyday life in a foreign world that generally
rest unprocessed and gathering dust long after the bags have been unpacked,
could indeed bear the seeds of a movie, and this book would also make the perfect gift
for a lover or prospective lover or anyone with which one had shared anxious moments and affections.
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Francis Van Maele
Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland