SEASON OF ADMIN is the first book by Frankfurt-based artist Silja Yvette (* 1986) and was recently published by Kerber Verlag. Not only the name made us curious but also the captivating cover. The lovingly designed book, elaborately produced with different paper qualities, contains exciting photographic tableaus. The subjects of Silja Yvette emanate an air of tranquility, inviting the beholder to continue looking and to linger.
"At the origin of Season of Admin is an unease regarding any socially organized and administered relationship to nature and things. The images deal with issues related to the self-description of a subject that considers itself autonomous and on the other hand with the agency of things," is how the publisher describes the work.
We were curious and wanted to find out more about the artist and her work, so we asked Silja what she is working on. "Right now, I am working on two photography projects: The first one is called COLLECTIVE CREATURES – A DIALOGUE OF DICHOTOMOUS HYBRIDS and continues with much of the subject matter from SEASON OF ADMIN's about the concepts of nature, society, subject, and object as well as the hybrid forms of actions between the human and non-human. The new series is focused particularly on the mass of material and the expansion of things, artificially and collectively created creatures, to become a story about the will and the counter will of the actors.
The second project entitled 'INTER ACTION MEZZO VENTION' lies thematically – as the title implies – not far from that either. Significantly different from a photographic point of view here though is how I interact with the shoot location by staging and intervening... The things and I interact: an ironic interplay between the actor and the object.
A lot of work has already been created for both series – complex as a whole but not yet entirely finished, which I have planned for this and next year. A selection of the photographs already created can be found on my website. In parallel, I am working on the design of the books which will be created from the two series over the next few months." Here on GoSee, we bring you insights into the book as well as exhibition views of 'Season of Admin'.
Silja Yvette 'SEASON OF ADMIN' . ISBN 978-3-7356-0417-0, 16.5 x 24 cm, 120 pages, 32 color ills., hardcover, bound, German, English . Available at Kerber Verlag
SEASON OF ADMIN