werkboek performance, 2021-22  

The activation of ‘werkboek’ has been performed in WIELS, Brussels, Ein Buch Haus, Berlin, Willem Twee, Den Bosch.

werkboek’ is an artist book and collaborative project between An Onghena and Jivan van der Ende that combines the playful, impulsive, and detail-oriented qualites of both their practices. Starting from video registrations of the two artists working their way through books, the publication shows the hands of Onghena touching and folding the paper. In this way the publication shows the relation between the hands of the reader and the paper, and could even function as a instructive guide to its reader(s).



An Onghena & Jivan van der Ende
Text: Joyce Poot
Publisher: kabinet.studio, Antwerpen, 2021
48p, RISO
Hand painted and folded
First edition: 50 ex. + 10 AP, 2021
Second edition: 75 ex., 2022
Price: 50 euro

ISBN: 9789464447156

werkboek performance, An Onghena, Jivan van der Ende, WIELS art book fair. 2022 (Photo: Yue Yuan)

“You are holding this publication in your hands. After opening its cover, you browse through the pages. Are you aware of its weight, the sturdiness of the paper, the different feel of the smooth riso? The publication is a landscape that the artists have created for you, and by becoming both a reader and a spectator, you are invited to go for a walk through the presented scenery. You are the traveler, the wanderer, the discoverer, moving through the pages out of which this landscape is built. (…)”

– Poot, Joyce, Hands Turning Pages (touching me, touching you), 2021.