The Antibook

Material: Paper
Book: 20.5x10.5cm. Icosahedron: 1 x17x19cm.
2002

The Antibook deliberately opposes convention by challenging our ideas of what a book should be. Using Nicanor Parra’s ‘AntiPoems’ Francisca visualises the poem’s idea of ‘Anti’, creating a work that reacts both for and against its deconstructed material.

Francisca uses modular origami to extend the dimensions of the flat page and change the lines of its folds, producing a book that only makes sense when assembled as a three-dimensional icosahedron. When in a conventional format, bound with one spine, Francisca’s pages cannot be read. Creating a visual defiance from a material usually confined, Francisca forges new meanings for the resistant ‘Anti’; and for the book as an object itself.

The Antibook is included in the collections of the National Art Library at the V&A and the British Library.