Juan Orrantia

There was heat that smelled of bread and dead fish
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality: Colombian
Biography:                   www.juanorrantia.com   
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There was heat that smelled of bread and dead fish
Credits: juan orrantia
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated: 12/10/18
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There was heat that smelled of bread and dead fish is conceived as a journey through the passing of time under the shadows of colonialism, war and utopia in Mozambique. In the form of a semi fictional diary a narrator remembers encounters, moments, events and their aftermaths as subtle and even imaginary presences that do not seem to fit properly in the idea of current-day, tangible reality.

(21 x 15 cms, 102 pgs, 42 b/w images, bound in ochre thread)

Handmade book in an edition of 15—based on the fifteen years of the civil war. 5 of these include a unique silver gelatin print in hand made envelope incorporated to the book. Each of these is also contained in a custom designed folder. 

Printed on Innova paper and 120 gsm Malmero paper.

Printing and bookbinding by Helene van Aswegen, The BookWorshop. 

Design Juan Orrantia and Helene van Aswegen.



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