Places of Production: Aluminium

Places of Production: Aluminium
 

The cat­a­logue from the King­dom of Bahrain for the Venice Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nale, which was given away in quan­ti­ties at the event, doc­u­ments the state's alu­minium pro­duc­tion. With two grey pa­pers, nu­mer­ous light-coloured and coarsely screened im­ages by a duo of pho­tog­ra­phers, and var­i­ous blank pages, it cre­ates an im­pres­sion of light­ness that fits well with the light­ness of alu­minium. The struc­ture and or­gan­i­sa­tion are very well thought out. The front and rear cov­ers are both printed with the same blue-black scene photo from a fac­tory, but in the first in­stance the work­ers are blue and the premises black, while in the sec­ond the colours are re­versed. This is a ref­er­ence both to the chang­ing in­ter­ac­tion be­tween human and ma­chine - one of the book's key themes - and to the fact that the book can be read from both sides: in Eng­lish from left to right and in Ara­bic from right to left. The two lan­guages mostly ap­pear sep­a­rately (some­times with im­ages) on al­ter­nat­ing dou­ble pages, but they meet in the mid­dle in in­for­ma­tional charts in two lan­guages.

Autor(en)/Auteur(s)/Author(s)
Anne Holtrop, Noura Al Sayeh, Manama (BH); Christopher Exley, Keele (UK), Rashad Faraj, Manama (BH)
Herausgeber/Editeur(s)/Editor(s)
Anne Holtrop, Noura Al Sayeh, Manama (BH)
Gestaltung/Graphisme/Design
Jonathan Hares, Lausanne
Druck/Impression/Printing
Musumeci S.p.A., Quart (IT)
Verlag/Publication/Publisher
Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, Manama (BH)
Format
225 × 165 × 14