Arnaud Maggs

Notification xiii

1996, printed 1998
"Notification xiii" comprises 192 photographs of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century French envelopes, which Arnaud Maggs discovered during visits to French flea markets in 1995. The black contour, forming an X-shape on the back of each of the envelopes, distinguishes them as mourning stationery, which was used as death notices or for everyday correspondence during periods of mourning. While each individual envelope signifies a personal experience of loss, the repetition brings the viewer face-to-face with the fundamental reality of death.
Artist
Title
Notification xiii
Date
1996, printed 1998
Medium
Photograph
Materials
dye coupler prints (Fujicolor), laminated to plexiglas
Dimensions
3.23 x 12.24 m (installed)
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1998
Rights
© Arnaud Maggs
Accession number
39759.1-192