Van Zoetendaal Publishers

HYDE / Koos Breukel

The series of portraits of Michael Matthews might almost be described as a manifesto, so strong are the lines of force prefiguring Koos Breukel’s later work.
He originally responded to a request from Matthews, an HIV-positive poet and performer who saw these photographic sessions as his ‘last performance’ before his death. These are sombre images of dry, dark, cracked skin, of the pure lines of a delicate bone structure, capturing the light falling on the ultimate beauty of a changing human body from which Breukel was to make an artwork in its own right – with the little book composed by Willem van Zoetendaal forming its delicate yet powerful punctuation. (text Elisabeth Nora)

  • Year 1996
  • Size 18x15
  • Colour Duotone + Gold and Silver ink
  • Binding Hardbound
  • Pages 36
  • Text Michael Matthews (1958-1996)
  • Concept Willem van Zoetendaal
  • Design Willem van Zoetendaal
  • ISBN 90-75574-03-7

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