ÁKOS CZIGÁNY
90 Blank Pages: Darwin, C. R. (ed.) Fish Part 4 of the Zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle. by Leonard Jenyns. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London: Smith Elder and Co. 1842
2009
Serie A: 175x139,5 cm - Ed. 5
Serie B: 50x40 cm - Ed. 8
archival pigment inkjet print
In the Várfok Gallery

In the compositions of the series ‘Darwin Online’ Akos Czigany (b. 1972, Budapest/H) assembled blank pages of various books by Charles Darwin, preserving the original sequential order of the pages in each volume for each composition. For this purpose, the photographer sourced digital material from „Darwin Online”, a web archive dedicated to collect and document the complete works of the luminary naturalist, including full photographic reproductions of the earliest editions of his works. An image composed of all the pages in a volume that were originally left blank — it is the blank part of a book. A rhythmic silence. The space of time before and after the book. Following the aged tracks of the paper, the printing technology and the fate of the book, further gaps emerge beyond the reverse of Darwin’s oeuvre. Blind spots of ideologies, shadows and ghosts of religion and science, and their position with regard to nothingness. Creation? Evolution? After so many texts and images, is it still possible to have a clean sheet?

ÁKOS CZIGÁNY
90 Blank Pages: Darwin, C. R. (ed.) Fish Part 4 of the Zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle. by Leonard Jenyns. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London: Smith Elder and Co. 1842
2009
Serie A: 175x139,5 cm - Ed. 5
Serie B: 50x40 cm - Ed. 8
archival pigment inkjet print
In the Várfok Gallery