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Diskursbuch Sprachlosigkeit

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden | Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden

Hentrich & Hentrich Verlag

Project description

Giving a voice to silence

The Diskursbuch Sprachlosigkeit (Discourse Book Speechlessness) is a companion book to the exhibition „Sprachlosigkeit – Das laute Verstummen“ (Speechlessness – The loud Silence), which took place from 16 April to 1 August 2021 at the Japanisches Palais, the Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden. It is a collection of literary texts by those who have experienced pain, loss and injustice to the highest degree in their lives and have had the courage to speak their experiences aloud, to stop being silent and thus become a mouthpiece for like-minded people.

The DIN A5-sized book impresses with its straightforward, simple appearance, which is supported by a 3-sided smooth cut and a discreet deep embossing on the U1. The embossing, two angular brackets with three ellipsis points, is emblematic of the content of the work. The light grey of the cover stands in stark contrast to the dyed through endpaper in striking and intense orange – a play of colours that reflects silence and the courage to speak out.

Special features at a glance

  • 3-sided smooth cut
  • Deep embossing on U1
  • Thread-stitching with box spine
  • Dyed through endpapers
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