Mick Finch

(b 1957United Kingdom. Lives and works in London)

Finch’s current Book of Knowledge series appropriates and explores images from an eight-volume set of encyclopedias by the same name, published at the end of the 1950s. As a young boy, before the arrival of television, he remembers his fascination with the volumes’ images; although the series he has created as a result is less a nostalgic project than an assembling of a closed and clearly defined archive.

By scanning the over 3000 images from the volumes at very high resolution, Finch is able to not only reproduce them at scale, but also to explore and exploit them through playful and provocative digital collages that expose their time-sensitive political and ideological undertones.

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