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Hoarder Order, 2020
Published by Fw: Books
Design Jeremy Jansen

Thomas Kuijpers’ work always stems from a (series of) current event(s), on basis of which he investigates how the stories told about these events influence our daily lives. What is the effect on our brain of this daily reporting, when it comes to terrorism, refugees, Europe, extremism, etc? To investigate this, Thomas collects a lot of material of all kinds; newspapers, fragments of conversations he overhears on the street, video material from Youtube, posters on the wall at the bus stop, comments on Twitter. As soon as it touches upon the subject being investigated, it is added to the collection. From that collection new connections arise, as well as insights into the way in which narratives about specific subjects are shaped; and with this also the work arises, within which the source material is often still visible. ‘Hoarder Order’ is an index of 20 years of collecting and (re-)ordering this collection.

12 x 18,5 cm / 560 pages / colour / hardcover 

Hoarder Order is shortlisted for the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in the category best photobook of the year 2020!  

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Available at:
(NL) Fw:Books 
(NL) Idea Books 
(NL) Foam
(DE) eXtrabuch
(KR) Post Poetics
(RO) Dispozitiv Books
(UK) Village Books
(UK) AbeBooks
(JP) Flotsam Books
(AUS) Perimiter
(USA) Photo-Eye



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From ‘The Photobook Review fall 2020’: 

In 2014, Thomas Kuijpers purchased a painting depicting the iconic pre-9/11 Twin Towers in New York City, inspiring him to begin collecting images and objects of the towers in an effort to trace the visual representation of politics via this landmark scene. Hoarder Order gathers a range of materials depicting “before” and “after,” now infused with alternate meanings—tourist memorabilia, newspaper clippings, screenshots, movie posters, postcards, and other vernacular material—in a small yet densely elegant 560-page book. Each object is isolated on a page or fills the spread, taking the viewer through a visual timeline of events that resonate outward from the semaphore of these now iconic buildings. The images are printed on Bible-thin paper that allows the viewer to experience a layering of signs, creating a visual metaphor for both what comes next and what has already happened. Susan Meiselas states, “These are the pages of our destiny unfolding, and we can go back and forth—wishing we could return to a different time.”