Veronika Schäpers

First You Have To Prove It To Me

Veronika Schäpers

First You Have To Prove It To Me



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Letterpress, Photograms




Hinged slipcase


Artist Book


10 × 15 × 5 in




Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

$ 6,200.00


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Observing the worldwide prevalence of reported coronavirus treatments and preventative measures during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, artist Veronika Schapers noted that there was a connection between the dissemination of conspiracy theories and the quantity of recommended protective measures that saw countries like the U.S. and Germany maintaining large numbers of conspiracy theorists and advocates of alternative measures.

Inspired by this phenomena, Schäpers gathered 24 items and created exposure phonograms that are both a direct image of the items and yet not fully representative of what they are. These ‘half-truths, half-fictions’ are accompanied by a report by Titus Oates of “A true narrative of the horrid plot and conspiracy of the Polish party” 1679, and an original text by Heiko Michael Hartmann titled “Reiner Wein/Pure Wine” 2020.

The pages of the book are letterpressed (from polymer plates) on Enduro Ice-paper, with 24 original b/w und color photograms on Ilford Multigrade Deluxe, Fomaspeed and Fuji Crystal Archive, laminated on Colorplan Ebony and Colorplan Bright White. With a hinged slipcase in two colors, which is bound with Efalin-paper, and has an embossed title made by Buchbinderei Mergemeier in Düsseldorf. The book includes 12 envelopes, each 25 x 34 cm.

38 copies with consecutive Arabic numerals and
6 copies with consecutive Roman numerals.