One Wants To Know From Him: Who Is Thomas Bernhard?

One Wants To Know From Him: Who Is Thomas Bernhard? 2016

letterpress print from polymer (brown-gold ink, paper)
14.75 x 12 inches (HxW) 
edition of 20 with 2 AP's

images: detail views of edition, One Wants To Know From Him: Who Is Thomas Bernhard?


This portrait in letterpress of Austrian novelist, playwright, and poet Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989) draws upon Bernhard's response to German journalist and writer Asta Scheib, who began their 1986 interview* with the question, "One wants to know from him: Who is Thomas Bernhard?" 

The edition is printed as a complement to the chapter on Bernhard in The Happy Man…or so I have heard myself called, a silent video staging the personal statements of celebrated writers alongside images of artworks photographed in museum collections worldwide. To view selections from the video, click on projects (link above).

*The interview between Bernhard and Scheib was translated from German into English by Anja Zeidler.