Rob Hornstra, 2006. Collector's edition. Hardcover in publisher's foam box. 1/20. Housed in the publisher's foam box. Quarto. Unpaginated. 114 pages (1 fold-out). Photo-illustrated paper boards with silver lettering on the front cover and spine. Design by De Russen. Contains a total of 119 color images throughout and a map of Iceland at the rear. #18 from a limited collector's "fishbox" edition of 20 copies, hand-numbered and signed by Hornstra at the bottom of the front free endpaper, and also including a separate color print, taken from the work. The print measures 14 1/2x 10 3/4", and is protected behind hard plexiglas, at the bottom of the box. The work is photo-documentation of the contemporary state of Iceland's youth culture.
"The introduction of fish quotas in the eighties lead to an industrialization of the Icelandic fleet in order to be able to compete on the world market. The traditional craft of fishing gave way to modern mass production. A job in the fish industry is no longer popular among Icelandic youths. Immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia gratefully make use of the gap that Icelanders leave behind and now work in this formerly traditional, Icelandic sector. Roots of the Rúntur is a social documentary that shows the changing face of Iceland through a typically Icelandic phenomenon: the rúntur. The rúntur is a circle road in often desolate villages. Teenagers drive around in their cars for hours and hours. Due to the harsh climate outside and a lack places to meet, the car became their social gathering where they talk, listen to music, drink, smoke and flirt." - Rob Hornstra. Fine condition. Item #48578
"Roots of the Rúntur was created as a commission for the International Photography Research Network (IPRN) in collaboration with the National Museum of Iceland. Six artists from different European countries were asked by IPRN to visualize important changes happening in the context of the European Union. The resulting work was presented in a group exhibition at the Folkwang Museum in Essen (Germany) and accompanying catalogue published by Steidl. The book Roots of the Rúntur is self-published and produced independently of the commission." - Rob Honstra.