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You May Appear Closer Than You Are

I’m very happy that I had the opportunity to work on this beautiful book in a direct »exchange of ideas«, together with the artist Bettina Khano.

This publication is the first to present Khano’s entire world of images, accompanied by essays by Ulrich Loock, Annika Reich, Helga Lutz, and Marc Glöde.
In her installations, photographs, and videos, Bettina Khano works with fog, mirrors, dust, and light. Her works revolve around a theme that is as essential as it is incomprehensible: the body in space.

Khano works with oxymora and concepts such as dizziness, antigravity, and overexposed lighting. Rather than presenting answers, she presents their dissolution. Like fog, her works move between form and formlessness; like a mirror, they reflect questions back at the viewer or distort the image. In this way they send the viewer on a journey through space toward the horizon—and far beyond.

The endpapers are all one-of-a-kind artworks, hand folded and sprayed by the artist.
The layout is classic but also playful, and the typography is reacting to the artworks.
The idea for using a centered typesetting throughout the whole book is harking back directly to Bettina Khano’s concepts of playing with mirrors, reflections, foldings and space.

The typeface
I used Abril Text (by Veronika Burian & José Scaglione for typetogether) in combination with FF Sizmo (my own design) for also the body texts as well as the headlines.

It was a great pleasure working with Bettina Khano.

Special thanks to Charlotte Neugebauer, Sandra-Jo Huber, Katja Jäger and Julia Günther from the great Hatje Cantz Berlin team, and to Jan Scheffler from prints professional.
This project was a lot of fun to work on.

Hatje Cantz, 2012
Numbered edition of eight hundred
One-of-a-kind books prepared by the artist

128 pp., 108 color ills.
17.10 x 24.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3391-5