This October sees the release of a unique, collaborative book ‘The Hollow of the Hand’ featuring a poignant collection of poetry from PJ Harvey alongside images from award-winning photographer and film-maker Seamus Murphy.
Critically acclaimed English singer and songwriter PJ Harvey set out on a series of journeys to war-torn destinations with Seamus Murphy including Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington DC between 2011 and 2014. The book is a captivating result of the pair’s travels forged with images from over two decades of Murphy’s photographic work.
PJ Harvey comments, ‘Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with. My friend Seamus Murphy and I agreed to grow a project together – I would collect words, he would collect pictures, following our instincts on where we should go.’
Seamus Murphy adds: ‘Polly is a writer who loves images and I am a photographer who loves words. I made some films for her last album Let England Shake, and an adventure began. Our collaboration continues in this book. It is a look at home and the world.’
The book is a captivating blend of artistic voices and will be published internationally in a large format hardback edition with highest quality photographic reproductions, as well as a reader’s paperback version. A limited number of boxed, signed special edition black and white digital fibre based prints produced by Metro will be also available alongside an iBook.
For information about how to purchase Reviews of the recent musical accompaniment to the book which took place at the Royal Festival Hall earlier this month can be read here:
Image © Seamus Murphy
Following the huge success in 2014 of the innovative fundraising event ‘A Letter in Mind – The Art of a Journey’ by The National Brain Appeal, the event returns again this year to raise vital funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UK’s leading centre of excellence for treating diseases of the brain, spine and nervous system.
All the finished works will be identically priced at £80 and sold anonymously at the exhibition in aid of The National Brain Appeal. The artist’s name and biography will be revealed at the end of the exhibition, with the aim to raise funds and awareness for neurological conditions through artistic questioning as patients at The National Hospital embark on their own personal journeys.
gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH
Exhibition dates: 8th – 18th October 2015
Opening times: Daily 11:00am – 6:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free.
More information about the exhibition can be found here
The National Brain Appeal. Registered Charity No. 290173
Images © The Artist & Courtesy The National Brain Appeal