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Rimaldas Viksraitis: Grimaces of the Weary Village: Photographs 1976-2006, selected by Martin Parr [Paperback]

Rimaldas Viksraitis , Martin Parr
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17 Jan 2011
Slightly insane and wonderfully surreal Martin Parr Rimaldas Viksraitiss images of abandonment in deepest rural Lithuania mix reportage and voyeurism to surreal and disturbing effect. His studies of drunkenness and dereliction are depressing but also display a strange beauty: a farmer bends over a dead pig with a blowtorch, a chicken perched on his back; a young girl stares out of a window over the decapitated head of a goat; a drunk bites the ear of another drunk who is biting the ear of a pig's head on a plate. This book is a beautifully printed testament to Viksraitiss strange, frightening and darkly humorous world.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: White Space Gallery; First edition edition (17 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955739462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955739460
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Photography 24 Mar 2011
By Jo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Grimaces of the weary village is a fascinating glimpse into rural life in Lithuania. His photographs are moving, shocking and humourous, and all taken with enormous subtlety and insight. This is situational observation at an intriguing level.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disturbed 16 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought the book on a whim without seeing any images due to Parr's involvement - in hindsight I should have googled a few pics first and would have saved myself some money.
The images are all black & white (nothing wrong with that by the way, just an observation!), very grainy, and seeem to be taken on a cheap camera as there are lots of shots out of focus, almost Holga-esque alot of the time.
The subject of the book leaves me feeling more than a little uncomfortable. Parr describes the subjects as almost as though they are having a party and he'd like to join in. All I see is rather sad looking people swathed in grime drinking to get away from their appalling living conditions. In many ways the images remind me of Jakob Riis's tenament works.
My advice? google some images before you buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grimaces of the Weary Village 26 Oct 2011
By Robert C. Hogan - Published on
Great work, disturbing, funny, honest, compelling. Somewhat like the work of Anders Pedersen, but still very original. Where does he go from here?
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