Memories of Egypt by Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli


“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

This book tries to convey the explosion of information that both overwhelms and fascinates travelers who visit Egypt for the first time—as the artist herself experienced. Her photomontage images, as well as the unique structure of the book demonstrate how difficult it is to connect all the information pertaining to the area: geographically (with the maps of Northern and Southern Egypt, made from aerial maps printed on the fold out inserts) and culturally (the series of photographs of bazaars on the reverse accordion). Since the majority of the territory is desert, the book’s covers have been treated to allow the reader to feel the roughness of the sand and the smoothness of the water. Memories of Egypt is yellow (the desert) and blue (the river) to carry the reader on a tactile and visual trip along the Nile.



This book has an optional cloth-covered custom box with snap closure and paper title label that contains a smaller hard-sided pop-up holder that book slips into. $145 additional.

Artist Bio

Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli is a photographer and book artist who grew up in France and now resides in Irvine, California. Amandine tells us. "I used to think I was a photographer, but I realize now that I am an image-maker. I construct tales of impossible love or of dreams that go beyond what can be expressed in a single image. The photographs become short stories, and they dictate their own form of presentation including installations, artist books or sequences. They are not told necessarily in linear fashion, which vastly increases the number of possible interpretations. I experiment with layering several different images and with a variety of narrative mechanisms. This way, the visual flow of the sequence is altered and normal reading habits are disrupted which allows viewers to blend their thoughts with the images."