Fragile (2020)


Fragile, Roelof Bakker, Covid-19, AIDS, Nan Goldin, Anglia Ruskin University Library, Sarah Bodman, Linda Parr

Fragile, Roelof Bakker, Covid-19, AIDS, Nan Goldin, Anglia Ruskin University Library, Sarah Bodman, Linda Parr



A double-sided postcard size work on newspaper print, Fragile, links the impact of viruses across space and time – the 1980s AIDS crisis with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, while also exploring ideas around photography, books and marks left by the interaction of others.

Made for the exhibition ‘Should we have stayed home and thought of here?’, curated by Sarah Bodman and Linda Parr, launched on 23 April on World Book Night. The exhibition was to be at the Bower Ashton Library, UWE, Bristol, but went virtual instead, see http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/wbn2020/

The work was inspired by two Post-it notes left behind by another reader of Nan Goldin’s photobook Fantastic Tales, retrieved from a shelf at the library at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and is part of Bakker’s ongoing research combining image, text, paper and simple print solutions.

Fragile, 99mm x 150mm, inkjet print on 55gsm newsprint