Willem de Rooij


Following the publication About, this second book revolves around de Rooij’s work, Index. Between 1999 and 2002 de Rooij collected around 500 images, cut out of daily newspapers, all depicting protest marches and moments of collective mourning.

In 2002 he organized these images on eighteen framed panels, on which the images are placed in chronological order. ʻIndexʼ became an inquiry in the iconography of protest, and at the same time documents a way of working that by now became obsolete: artists today find most of their images online.

A recent solo show at Arnolfini in Bristol and a forthcoming exhibition at Index in Stockholm mark the starting point to produce a book on ʻIndexʼ for a broad public – like the newspapers from which the images originate.

Published retrospectively after the exhibition at Arnolfini, Bristol, 21 November 2014 – 8 February 2015.

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