Polite Fictions
Behind the public face of diplomatic gifts

203 x 270 mm, 138 pages
115 grs munken white & maxi satin + 80 grs sirio royal green
Embossed and screen printed linen softcover
Languages: English, Dutch, French

Photography and text by Suzanne Schols
Art direction and design by HouseTMM
Printing and binding by Zwaan Lenoir

First edition July 2020
Second edition September 2021


ISBN: 978-90-9034619-9

€35 incl. vat, excl. shipping



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“Her staged, cinematic scenes of carefully wrapped objects – one in bubble wrap, the other in black tissue paper – are tantalising portrayals of the cautious policy on diplomatic gifts. By photographing objects in this exciting, mysterious way, Schols manages to temper the aroused curiosity of the viewer: wrapped and illuminated in this way, the ‘gifts’ are reminiscent of intriguing sculptures, and their content no longer matters.”  - Jury Steenbergen Stipendium














baryta fine art prints on dibond
black wooden floater frame
100 x 75 cm, edition of 5
70 x 52.5 cm, edition of 5


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