many stories,

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to tell stories,

To tell stories we delve into our memories, our past experiences, into other stories, from other times. We turn to our imaginations, we learn from the imaginations of others. We remember the stories we were told as children, that our perhaps were told to our elders when they were children, and to their elders when they were children.

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we make artist books

Making an artist book is one way of telling a story. In April, I will be giving a two day course at La Cala titled El libro de artista (The Artist Book). During the course we will explore the art of creating books by looking, touching and making.

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With these hands

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it ends with the dance of death.

If we can say that human life begins at the origin, we can equally say that it ends with the dance of death.

While collecting material to make the images for the book Este cuerpo es humano · This Body is Human and to write this post, I found it interesting to see how despite the underlying taboos of talking about death, so many cultures share a pictorial identity of representing it. It seems poking fun at our mortality is a very common way of facing it.

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The human body begins at the origin,

The human body begins at the origin.
Unlike most anatomical atlases I had come across growing up, this text celebrates the sexual organs, describing them without any trace of shame or modesty. Instead of being safely tucked away in the back of the book as an afterthought, or hidden within the many chapters describing various body parts, organs and systems; in this book, the sexual organs are showcased in the very first pages.

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and my heart went BOUM!

When asked to make the images of Este cuerpo es humano · This Body is Human, I didn’t do anything. I didn’t make a single sketch or image. I waited. It turns out waiting is also a way of working, who knew?
While waiting, I thought a lot about the human body in general, then I thought about my body. I read the texts of the book over and over again.

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when I discovered (that) This Body Is Human

Making the images for the book Este cuerpo es humano · This Body is Human was a wonderful surprise. It is a poetic atlas of scientific anatomy for both children and adults. When I first read the text written by (Carlos) Grassa Toro I fell in love with it, because of its joy and joked about wanting to do the images if ever the book was published again.

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about what’s keeping me up at night

There are many exciting things going on at the moment that are keeping me up at night.
They also wake me up at the wee hours of the morning to stitch, embroider, paint, and write about.
The first on of these things, is the launch of Biblioteca La Cala, a collection of publications born in a space dedicated to artistic creation.

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Let me tell you more

about what I am working on at the moment. This will be the place where I will announce upcoming events, presentations, workshops. I will write about new projects and collaborations. Sometimes, I will write new things about old projects, or about things I have kept safely and secretly stored away in boxes and drawers. Just to air them out, to share them with you, to ponder on what to do next.

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ABOUT KARISHMA CHUGANI NANKANI

Karishma Chugani Nankani is a storytelling artist. Here she will tell you a little bit about herself, about her creative process and things that inspire her. She is a compulsive student and has attended courses at schools such as Central Saint Martins College, Goldsmiths, Sotheby’s, City Lit, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Escuela I CON I. She has told and continues telling stories through words, through images, with an object or two, or through set designs. Her images can be seen in books titled: Raconte-moi Chqara et la musique andalouse, Leyendas del Rin. Words and images merge in other books of hers such as: To Night and Back ·Mece la noche and Las visitas de Nani. She has lived in Morocco, England and Spain. She currently lives in Paris, France as a sedentary nomad.


ABOUT KARISHMA’S NEW BOOK

Este cuerpo es humano · This Body is Human is a poetic atlas of scientific anatomy. It conserves the original text by Grassa Toro from past out-of-print editions, and includes new images by Karishma. This new edition offers a very different reading to those dedicated to children’s literature. This bilingual Spanish-English edition is translated by Claudio Cambon. This book is being crowd-funded. Don’t miss this opportunity and to preorder a copy now.