Tohu wa-Bohu is a collaborative artist’s book project by art space Extrapool (Nijmegen) and guest curator Taco Hidde Bakker. During two residency periods at Extrapool in the spring of 2019, six visual artists explored the interface of photography and risograph printing loosely inspired by the concept of tohu wa-bohu and the city of Nijmegen. Tohu wa-Bohu is a term from the book of Genesis. It has traditionally been translated as ‘without form, and void’, and more recently by Robert Alter as ‘welter and waste’. Originally referring to futility or the trackless vacancy of the desert, we extrapolated its meaning to include the idea of creation based on what already exist rather than a form of ‘creatio ex nihilo’.
Participating artists: Jaya Pelupessy & Felix van Dam, Awoiska van der Molen, Bart Lunenburg, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Stephan Keppel.
Curation and texts: Taco Hidde Bakker
Graphic design: Remco van Bladel (in collaboration with Roman Häfliger)
Printing: The artists and Knust, Nijmegen