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Yearning for Paradise

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Two new book releases by Textem Publishers explore the concept of paradisiacal places as the backdrop for our internal narratives.

A state of melancholy, loneliness and deep longing: the Portuguese term Saudade cannot be reduced to a straightforward explanation. In 2016, Hamburg-based musician and photographer Jakob Sinn decided to set out in Lisbon in search of his very own interpretation. The small, intimate book he created takes the reader on a journey, leaving us not with a literal definition of what Saudade means, but a profound sense of what it feels like.

Carsten Rabe’s series Amerika juxtaposes clear, brilliant colours with hazy, grey depictions of deterioration. In these images, the American Dream has taken a sinister turn, and we see another side of a place that once seemed like the embodiment of hope. The idea of America becomes a backdrop, a fictional realm – glowing and bright, yet at the same time bleak, blurred and ominous. Rabe’s images pay homage to the myth while simultaneously throwing it into question.  

For further information visit Textem Verlag und Jakob Sinn

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