Los otros residentes 2022 – Artist book
Paula Bruna and Silvia Renda
10 numbered copies
46 pages | Size: 9 x 14 cm
8 handmade envelopes with field record cards
Digital printing | Metallic spiral binding | Paper: Freelife Vellum, Colorplan rust
The book narrates the soliloquy of a researcher in residence in a huge rural house in Portugal who tries to decipher the non-human world during some encounters with the “others”, the only “residents” of the place. Through stories extracted from a field diary and fragments of records, between the scientific, the speculative and the poetic, the book reconstructs the thread of Paula’s artistic process: she ventures into an impossible classification and, finally, she will end up confronting her own limit.
Parallel to the growth time of a plant, there are encounters and misunderstandings with more than a dozen species (ants, bats, spiders, snakes, mint plants, crickets…). These discoveries end with a final story, called “Pareidolia”, where anthropomorphic roots reveal the bias of the human gaze.
2023 – Ecos exhibition at the FBAUL gallery in Lisbon (PT)
2022 – Arts Libris, Mercat de Sant Antoni, Barcelona (ES)
– Texts and unpublished images by Paula Bruna
– Concept: Silvia Renda and Paula Bruna
– Design: Silvia Renda
– Handmade envelopes: Aurora Muñoz