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Diettes, Erika (Artist/photographer); Tucker, Anne Wilkes & Dieguez, Ileana (Contributors). MEMENTO MORI: TESTAMENT TO LIFE: PHOTOGRAPHS AND ART BY ERIKA DIETTES. Staunton, Virginia: George F. Thompson Publisher, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 250 pages. As New.

Retrospective Monograph, presented as an Artist Book. Limited Edition of 1000 copies. The first and only edition. The Limited Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Erika Diettes and David Skolkin: Oversize-volumes format. There are two volumes: "The Installations" (Volume 1) and "The Plates" (Volume 2). Black cloth boards with titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs, art, and text by Erika Diettes. Essays by Anne Wilkes Tucker and Ileana Dieguez. Publisher's clear plastic slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, Erika Diettes' "Memento Mori: Testament To Life". Her poignant tribute to the victims of Colombia's armed conflict, which has claimed more than 250, 000 lives. "Presented as four bodies of photographic work in a two-volume, bilingual edition. The first volume includes hauntingly beautiful images of Diettes' photographic work on display at museums and memorials in areas where the victims 'disappeared', a moving Statement by the artist herself, an Essay by Mexican scholar Ileana Dieguez, and an extensive Conversation with the artist by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The second volume showcases the plates from three photographic series: 'Sudarios' ('Shrouds'), photographs printed on linen of women who have witnessed atrocities committed against their loved ones; 'Rio Abajo' ('Drifting Away'), images of articles of clothing of 'the disappeared', photographed in water and embedded in glass; and 'Relicarios' ('Reliquaries'), three-dimensional works of polymer containing mementos and personal effects of the victims" (Publisher's blurb). Erika Diettes' work is in the Permanent Collection of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among other major venues, and is exhibited alongside that of Christian Boltanski and Gordon Matta-Clark. Diettes holds a Master's Degree in Anthropology and was recently selected as one of the leading 180 thinkers in Latin America. An absolute "must-have" title for Erika Diettes collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on both volumes by Erika Diettes. It is signed directly on the pages themselves, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art and photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the Limited Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ERIKA DIETTES TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1938086325. $200.00

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