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Book launch

Les Rencontres 2024:

ETERNAL U by Hubert Humka in Arles.

July 04,2024 - July 05,2024

July 4 July 5

Meet the author and discover the photo book shortlisted for the 2024 Arles Prix du Livre award in the Photo-Text category. 

Book signings in Arles during Les Rencontres de la photographie at the Blow up Press stands: 

  • Thursday July 4 | 5:30 pm — Arles Books Fair (Collège Saint-Charles) 
  • Friday July 5 | 4:00 pm — Mirage Photobook Fair 
  • Friday July 5  | 5:30 pm — Arles Books Fair (ENSP) 
  • Friday July 5 | 7:00 pm — Mirage Photobook Fair (Librairie du Palais)

During Arles Books Fair 2024 with France Photobook, Hubert Humka will participate in: Talks under The Hackberry tree cour. Thursday 4 July 4:00 pm, Collége Saint- Charles

Hubert Humka, photo by Łukasz Sokół.
Hubert Humka, photo by Łukasz Sokół.

When only memories, tombstones and forests remain, or how to talk about death in a photobook. Imagine that after death you will become a tree, part of the forest, unlimited and free energy. A lively monument will grow on you. Eternal U is a story about the so-called good death and eternity. Through photographs of forests being natural cemeteries where the dead are buried in biodegradable urns or coffins, marked only with a previously selected tree, Humka shows a certain way of thinking about us as a code, an immortal chain of some larger universe. During life, we all draw from it, to later give it a part of ourselves:

“In each of these places, the forest itself, giving eternal rest to the people buried there, was the most important element for me,” – says Hubert Humka. – “There I photographed the soil in which they rested and the bark of the trees they became. I like to think that the roots of these trees, drawing from the people buried under them, include them in their existence, that nothing ends, that it is only our human self that changes. We become a tree, a forest, part of something bigger that reaches beyond us. We connect with the universe, we become infinite.”

Eternal U is the second, after Death Landscapes (2018), joint publishing project of Hubert Humka and BLOW UP PRESS. The book was created in the spirit of sustainable development, respect for the world and the surrounding nature, on ecological recycled papers. Its main axis are photographs of the forest, accompanied by negative modifications and embossed text about leaving. The graphic techniques used symbolise the perception of the world from the other side and the trace we leave behind.

“With this book I close my own trilogy of death,” – says the artist. – “In Evil Man I portrayed victims of homicide and suicide. In Death Landscapes I talked about landscapes tainted by trauma and death. In turn, Eternal U, in my opinion, brings peace, tames death, shows its completely different face.”

All copies of the book are numbered.