Izabela Pluta is the winner of the 2019 Perimeter Small Book Prize. The artist’s project Figures of Slippage and Oscillation was selected by from a shortlist of 10 proposals narrowed down from more than 100 entries from across Australia and New Zealand.
The judging panel – which included Perimeter’s Justine Ellis, Dan Rule, Emma Phillips, Felix Wilson and Nadiah Abdulrahim – was particularly impressed by the richness, completeness and allegorical potential of Pluta’s project, which draws upon a series of meticulous contact prints or “paper negatives” made by exposing the pages of three long-out-of-date atlases. Fastidious in its detail, but loosened from its original source, the resulting series works to collapse and blend landmasses, territories and power structures, critically and creatively challenging our notions of place.
Perimeter will publish Izabela’s winning entry, Figures of Slippage and Oscillation, by late 2019.