Article Number: 3851
Soft Cover, English, Staple Binding, 48 Pages, 2011, Werkplaats Typografie
Barbara Wagner

Once upon a time in the west

As a narrative that takes the format of a video projection and a fotonovela, Once upon a time... concentrates on the story of Nieding and Hendrikje Wolters, ex-travellers who became notorious in the North of the Netherlands after publishing a book about their own lives, ranging from criminal convictions to evangelic belief . (English)

With specific
attention to performance and documentary practices, a photographic sequence is enveloped within a conversation
that attempts to describe what we are seeing in order to problematize what we are not seeing, being facts and
fictions equally subjected to speculation.

The work is the result of three moments of production. In the first, I work in collaboration with the Wolters on the
construction of photographs that document the staging of specific passages in their biography. In a second moment,
discarding the use of talking heads or speech bubbles and avoiding moral impositions (often used in fotonovelas)
I invite curator Inti Guerrero to enter into a dialogue about the pictures produced. Using the recorded and transcribed
version of this conversation as the textual part of the narrative, the third moment of production is further developed
with references to theatre scripts, film stills and newspaper reports to the final form of a video projection and a
publication.