Ghost Publishing presents:
by Stahl Stenslie
This book represents an ongoing artistic research about the representation of martyrs and martyrdom. It merely presents a little selection of all the images, ideas, ideals and representations that are available today. The book only covers a small selection of the many images of martyrs found circulating in contemporary culture, primarily on the Internet and in social media. As all art books, this one is also obviously biased in its selections. It attempts, however, to bring about a ‘best of’ selection – in as far as ‘best of’ can be used about such a lethal, killing and serious matter.
The background for my making of this book is found in my various art projects on the topic. The first being the Suicide Fashion Show, performed at Gallery Kapelica, Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2001 (see http://www.stenslie.net), the last being the Barbar Stahl cooperation on the Mothers of the Nation paintings.
Stahl Stenslie, Oslo, September 11th 2015