Q U E E N O F N O W H E R E
P H O T O G R A P H Y : K O U R T N E Y R O Y
M U S I C : T R A N C E F A R M E R S
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"Queen Of Nowhere" is the result of the photographic works by Kourtney Roy and the musician Dayve Samek (Trance Farmers) initiated by IIKKI, between November 2021 and March 2022.
The complete project works in two physical imprints: the book and the disc (vinyl/cd). It should be experienced in different ways: the book read alone, the disc listened to alone, the book and the disc read and listened to together.
The Canadian photographer Kourtney Roy was born in Northern Ontario in 1981. Intrigued by the possibility of creating a tragic mythology of the self, she conjures an intimate universe pervaded by both wonder and mystery. Her photographer’s eye is drawn to places and settings whose lyrical qualities underscore the sublime banality of everyday life.
Roy’s studies in photography, at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and later at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, inspired her to develop her finicky aesthetic, which lends itself particularly well to both glossy paper and film. Roy works extensively as an independent photographer/filmmaker in the art world. Instilled with a dark sense of humor, taking their clues as much from the grotesque nature of seemingly placid settings as from the tensions simmering just under the surface, her photographs have garnered many prizes, including the Prix Picto in 2007, The Emily Award in Canada in 2012 and the Prix Carte Blanche PMU/Le Bal in 2013 and the Pernod Ricard Carte Blanche in 2018. Roy’s work has been exhibited widely in France, but also abroad. She has been seen at the Planche(s) Contact Festival in Deauville in 2012, The Portraits Festival in Vichy in 2015 and at Le Bal in 2014 and a solo show at Paris photo in 2018, among other events and venues. Internationally Roy’s photographs have been featured at exhibitions in China, as well as Italy, Switzerland, The United States, Australia, the Moscow Photo Biennale in 2017 and at the Incadaqués International Photo Festival in Spain in 2019.
Roy has also released several publications on her work including an accompanying artist book to Le Bal’s exhibition Ils pensent déjà que je suis folle (2014) and the artist’s books Enter as Fiction (2015) and Survivalist Failures (2022) published by Filigrane Editions, as well as Northern Noir published by Editions La Pionnière. Also California is edited by Editions Louis Vuitton and was released in 2016 and The Tourist, published by André Frére Editions was released in 2020. Queen of Nowhere is her latest book published by IIKKI.
The man behind the name Trance Farmers is Dayve Samek, a wanderer from Los Angeles to Louisiana, and his music has picked up just about every influence it can along the way. He has recorded his first album in 2014 on Leaving Records (Stones Throw Records). Not sure how to classify his music ranges, but something between sweaty, garage-born ballads brush shoulders with drifter anthems and gasoline drenched doo wop with at some points some beats close from the past Anticon works should make the point.
Initiated by IIKKI, in 2022,
Queen Of Nowhere is their dialog.
E D I T I O N
Book: limited edition to 700 copies, hand numbered & hand stamped.
hardcover book (24 cm x 22 cm), 132 pages, 95 photos, printed on Arctic G- Snow 150g/m2, logo, slot and circle embossed, fonts relief embossing.
Vinyl: limited edition to 300 copies, hand numbered, selective UV varnish.
Cutting Lacquer, 12''white vinyl, mat laminated outer sleeve on 300gm paper, white inner. mastered by Simon Lancelot.
Cd: limited edition to 200 copies, glass mastered. hand numbered.
mastered by Simon Lancelot.
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