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2 new books (2019)

I was not in Japan

- a fictional journey to Japan

Text: Hripsime Visser
ISBN 978-90-814085-6-1

28 p. Edition 255

30.- Euro



-newspaper clippings collages of 'world issues'. The footage that engulfs us in increasing dimensions.

ISBN 978-90-814085-7-8

60 p. Edition 255

30.- Euro


15 March to 28 April * day and night exhibition

I was not in Japan

Museum Perron Oost
Location: Cruquiusweg 11 Amsterdam

With blooming cherry trees, artist Orna Wertman could not have chosen a more classic symbol to express her desire for Japan.
In Museum Perron Oost she exhibits a fictional trip to Japan. Her photo montages are a travel account of a reconstructed reality. A combination of cherry blossom that Wertman has photographed in the Netherlands with non-related events and locations.


Best Photobooks of 2017: the selection of Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant

Text: Helen Westgeest
ISBN 978-90-814085-3-0
Distribution: IDEA books



Special Edition 8-15/15 book + A4 photo

After Broken Landscapes and Bird Lands, Orna Wertman is back with a new series of photomontages.

Orna Wertman’s latest series of photomontages reflects the state of Europe in 2017. Using her own material – images shot between 2013 and 2016 – she invents new places through a technique of disassembling and reassembling photographs. What emerges is a photograph of stark contrasts that effectively conveys the palpable unease lingering in our environment. The cities of Venice, Porto, Paris, and Haifa provide the stage for uncanny combinations. Wertman’s work, although perhaps puzzling at first, sometimes even eerily disorienting, acknowledges past and future disasters while refusing to give up a sense of optimism. Disasters may strike, but the will to live is stronger still.



Other Vacations (2016)

Text: Drs. Maartje v/d Heuvel
ISBN 978-90-814085-2-3
Distribution: IDEA books
Special Edition 1-15/15 book + one original work



Volkskrant review, Paris Photo 12/11/2016

..Amidst all the recycling it is possible to give a new twist to photos of decades ago.

The Dutch artist Orna Wertman shows this in her beautiful, modest book (for sale at the book department of Paris Photo).  In this book you can see her collages of photos taken out of the collection of a family member which had been rejected for the holiday album, because a finger was in front of the lens, because of unintended blur, or because they were boring or just bad pictures.

By cutting up these cast orphans from the album and assembly  sample – them in other photos, Wertman creates something truly new and intriguing. Impossible landscapes of town and pasture, winter and summer in one image. Impossible except in Wertmans world.

Highly modern and hallucinatory. Which is again very ‘seventies’.