Los Reptiles | Francisca Aninat


Los Reptiles is an artists’ book from the series Libros de Ausencia (Books of Absence) by the Chilean artist Francisca Aninat.

Libros de Ausencia (“Books of Absence”), refers both
to past encounters that are no longer possible, and to those who created the images and whom we will probably never meet. The spectator, on approaching the books, realizes that they have a particular weight and size, and that there is something inherently tactile in the experience of turning their pages. The format of each of the pages depends on the thickness of the images on that page. There are variations in the thickness of a line or a figure, landscape sketches that transform into an animal or a series of streaks. These images and phrases were compiled from chance encounters with random individuals, in conversations in the hospital corridors, the nearby bus stop or on the way from one place to the other. Hence the name. The books –Luminous Serpents, The Canal, A Hot Oven or White Birch Trees– are of unfinished sketches; there’s no firm artist’s hand, no completed work. Instead there is an openness toward an intimacy in which both the participant and the spectator can find their own readings of the work.


Additional information
Weight 3 kg
Dimensions 50 × 40 × 2 cm
About the author

About the author

Francisca Aninat (Santiago, Chile. 1979) BA in Art History from the University of Maryland; BA in Fine Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and MA in Fine Arts from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London). She lives and works in Chile, where she teaches at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Exhibitions include in London, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia and Puerto Rico. She recently exhibited a major installation in the buildings of the historic San Juan de Dios Hospital in Santiago, the first hospital to be established in Chile.

Technical Specifications

Author: Francisca Aninat

Techniques: mixed technique.

Format: fabric book. Paint application made by hand.

Publisher: self-publication

Dimensions: 50 x 40 x 2 cm closed; 50 x 80 cm opened.

Print run: one of a kind

Language: Spanish

Collections: Libros de Ausencia, Humedad y lluvia, 2018, colección privada.

Year of publication: 2018

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