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Fabian Hammerl

A house in Omihachiman: Sixteen perambulations

The artist book ‘A house in Omihachiman: Sixteen perambulations’ is my first book of my own. It consists of a selection of 16 photographs and a text by Christopher Sand-Iversen and was hand-bound by Claudia Eschborn.
The book is the result of a somewhat circuitous process which, I have come to suspect, is an accurate reflection of my inner creative apparatus, but which I always distrust a little because of its incalculability.
The sixteen photographs in the book are part of my extensive archive of images from Japan. Some belong to the long-term series ‘Things As They’, others were taken while working as a still photographer for a film production.
For a competition entry on the theme of ‘information’ I had originally put together twelve works, and I liked the compilation so much that I used it, supplemented by four more pictures, to create a book layout, which I put aside for the time being.
Some time later I came across the word ‘perambulations’ in a completely different context. When I looked up its meaning and origin, it was clear that a component of the book’s title had been found.
In collaboration with the bookbinder and photographer Claudia Eschborn, the outer form of the book and the way in which the text was bound emerged.
I have been in artistic dialogue with Christopher Sand-Iversen for a long time, and his text takes the photographs as an occasion for a free essayistic reflection on the possibility of veracity in photographic works, divergent narratives and the difference between ‘evidence’ and ‘testimony’.
For exhibitions (and now the book) I often put together smaller spin-off series from the archive; de- and re-contextualising my photographs, opening up the work to interpretation by other artists, a generally essayistic, multi-perspective approach reflects my somewhat volatile position between documentary and fictional storytelling.


Born 1971 in Hamburg
Muthesius Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Kiel | 2000 Abschluss Diplom-Fotodesigner