Disasters are a series of small edition flipbooks that show historical images of anthropogenic disasters. Through this miniature format, we see images of a nuclear bomb going off, a suspension bridge collapsing and the destruction of an Andy Warhol “Disaster” painting. Flipbooks were meant for a universal audience in their time and rarely, if ever, reproduced images of disasters. A form of “pocket cinema”, flipbooks were a very popular format in the late 19th century for disseminating early cinema and carried well into the 20th century through animations but disappeared by the turn of the millennium. One of the first practitioners of the medium was Léon Beaulieu, who created hundreds of flipbooks of early French cinema and through his effort preserved many images of films that were unknown to historians for decades. In contemporary times, flipbooks have become antiquated objects just like the early cinema Beaulieu recreated in his books. Each of the three books are in blue, green or red as a reference to the additive colour model which optically reproduces colour realism in images. In these books, the separation of colour into individual masses insteads deconstructs realism. This stylization of taboo images is a spiritual successor to Andy Warhol’s “Stars, Deaths, and Disasters”, paintings from the early to mid-1960s.

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