How to Raise a Hand

Angelo Vignali


128 Pages / 20x28 cm
500 copies / Soft cover
Text by Benedetta Casagrande
Design by Federico Barbon
Published in March 2022
ISBN 979-12-80177-16-2

€30
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The birth of this second book by Angelo Vignali happened when he approached the enormous archive of photographs and drawings his father produced throughout his life. Vignali, whose work is often systematic, decided to take another path and went for a very personal matter. He discovered 313 black and white cut-out vintage prints of his father fingers. While working with these photographs and bringing back the presence of his father’s hand, Vignali saw the astonishing similarity with his own hands. The photographic and performative book ‘How to raise a hand’ is mysterious, touching and funny at the same time. The author raises questions like: What if family is more similar to each other than we ever could imagine? What if our bond with who is no more with us, is very substantial? Do those who are no longer alive, keep on living within us?
The best result in making art is when you totally surprise yourself and others with the result of it. And that’s exactly what happened to Vignali, to me and hopefully to you, seeing this raw and intimate experiment. The past and the future of life go hand in hand in this finger licking good book. 
Erik Kessels






Award
Andy Rocchelli Grant - Special mention
Self Publish Riga - Shortlist
Images Vevey Book Award – Shortlist

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