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“Xian” arose from the discovery of a curious folded paper sewing kit that Thomas Sauvin stumbled across in China. He developed the idea of populating this quirky object with faithful reproductions of vintage prints, which belong to the collection he has been acquiring from all over China for several years. Whenever one folds or unfolds the album, the eye and hand move back and forth across the fifty-nine boxes unveiling ninety remarkable prints. These very prints, selected from a vast archive, showcase: mentally disordered persons, coquettish women, amazed tourists and anonymous portraits among other strange celebrities who appear in black and white or in colour. “Xian” is a treasure trove of curiosities, an ideal assemblage of a memory in progress; it does not designate only the couturier’s thread, it also reifies the thread of a story, the story of many aspects of Chinese modernity.
Handmade book, composed of fifty-nine paper boxes made of black folded paper
90 facsimiles of vintage prints, varying size
Dimensions: 25,5 x 40,5 cm
Publication date: September 2016
Self-published, limited edition of 200
Design: Mei Shuzhi