A trip accross the Mediterranean Sea to Irak, in 96 drawings.
“My previous picture book (*)
was about a train trip to Baku, this book documents my ferry trip accross the Mediterranean Sea to Alexandria (or Iskandariyah
as it is called in Arabic). I was invited to exhibit my work and conduct a workshop organized by the artist-run Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF). This paperback is a selection of the many drawings that transpired on this amazing journey.
Not all my drawings are of a scene that catches my eye. Often it starts with coming across a really comfortable spot where I can sit undisturbed for some time amongst the hustle and rumble of a busy city. This, for me, can be quite meditative. Later, I scan the drawings to upload onto my website and other applications.
This time round, I also experimented with the drawings and hope to present this book as my personal development or work in progress
. I wish to share the overwhelming experience of drawing the ocean and have tried to capture the simultaneous static second and fluid element of the water by flushing
the drawings through a scanner and allowing them to distort as they wish to flow, much like the city, much like life itself.”
Ingo Giezendanner alias GRRRR, July 2011
* Baku & Back, 2010
Since 1998, Ingo Giezendanner, alias GRRRR, has been documenting the urban spaces in which he has travelled
and lived. Apart from his native city of Zurich, his travels have taken him to diverse cities from New York and New Orleans to Cairo, Nairobi, Karachi and Colombo. Everywhere he travels, he captures his surroundings on location with pen on paper
. His drawings have been presented in numerous magazines, books and animated films as well as in spacious installations and wallpaintings.