Idea Books, 2021. Hardcover, 160pp., 9.3 x 11.8 inches
New. Second edition.
Obsessed with flea-markets, car boot sales (and the the leftovers of lives lived in recent urban history that they hold), Nadia collected the name badges of 33 unknown individuals. She created personas for them, visualised them and ultimately transformed herself into them. The photographic portraits and resulting book are the product of many hours spent in wardrobe, make up and prosthetics.
Each photograph in the book is accompanied by a full page portrait in still-life form; objects and belongs Nadia has acquired to give detail to her characters - like the contents of a purse, desk drawer or glove compartment. There are also texts in the book attributed to each of the 33 characters. Snippets of dialogue delivered in character on video by Nadia during the shoots for the book. She spoke them to help herself find and embody the characters. They have been included in the book.