Ik Ben Jou
Milou Abel

Edition : First / Amsterdam / Self Published / 2011 / Softcover / Fine
8vo. Unpaginated (ca 100pp). Gold hand printed wraps as issued. Numerous Colour and Black & White images. One of 300 hand made signed and numbered copies.

Ultra haunting, ultra beautiful, and ultra scarce hand made book by Abel. "The photographer meets the unknown woman on the street, over and over again. She senses the woman's intensity. Eventually, the photographer asks her if it would be possible to take her photograph. When she visits her home, she is drawn into a world of rituals ' and torments: the voice of a young woman full of hatred, who never stops screaming, 'I am you, I am you, I am you!' The weird encounter between the photographer and the strange woman gave rise to a book concept and a dummy, composed of her own images and snapshots from past times, using a double gate fold technique to allow the right and left-hand sides of the book to be combined with each other at will. The project won this year's Dummy Award at the 4th International Photobook Festival in Kassel. It convinced the jury not only because of the eloquent and enigmatic rendering of the story of this peculiar woman, but also because of the extraordinary design of the book. The photographer's name is Milou Abel while the strange woman remains anonymous." Very very special!