Bad Liver and a Broken Heart
São Trindade
Design Léo Favier
27X20 cm
10,63X7,87 in
28 pages
300 copies
Lisbon, Portugal
Riso, one colour (black), on paper munken. Soft cover. Folded, loose-leaf sheets.
Bad Liver and a Broken Heart is the first book of photography from artist São Trindade, named after a song by Tom Waits:

Well I got a bad liver and broken heart, Yeah, I drunk me a river since you tore me apart

Though, with fourteen images printed on the front and back of seven loose-leaf sheets of paper, and folded in half as the only suggestion of binding, calling the work a ‘book’ is something of a loose interpretation. In grainy black and white images, Trindade is the subject of her own photographs, portrayed in various staged scenes, always passed out haphazardly and in some state of costuming and undress. Yet, with only the title providing guidance on how the images should be interpreted, it’s a project that can be seen as somewhat gently absurd. In the repetition of representing the epilogue, the unconscious post-buffoonery, there’s an implicit untold narrative of both sadness and humour.
Mimicking the style of crime photographer Weegee, the photos are dark scenes lit with a bright flash, which adds to the sensation of a post-mortem analysis when viewing the pictures. The printing complements this, with rough matte paper and half-tone printing with visible dots, adding to the newspaper crime aesthetic. The strength of the book is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s a light-spirited, broken-hearted misadventure.

(Text provided by the editors David-Alexandre Guéniot and Patrícia Almeida)
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2013-03-12 14:37:36