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Italian photographer Louis De Belle has developed an art practice that revolves around highlighting oddities in everyday objects and occurrences. Of late, the Bauhaus Essentials prize recipient has been focusing his efforts on a new book titled “Bauhaus Student Works.” The clever edition is, like most of De Belle’s work, not what it seems. At first glance, one is tempted to believe the book is precisely what it states: a compilation of projects from students at the Bauhaus University. The cover offers additional temptation in the form of a red sticker indicating the publication is up for grabs at 50% off of the original price — which was never listed.

However, strip off the dust jacket and the promise of a price-reduced buy and what you’ll actually find is a Bauhaus DIY catalogue, complete with photographical assortment of tools and warehouse objects. De Belle describes the book as a “camouflage project” that was inspired by a workshop on fakes and stimulations held by graphic designer Sebastian Helm at Bauhaus University of Weimar, De Belle’s alma mater. Ironically, De Belle first presented his project at the university’s summer open days, where he displayed the book as if it were actually on sale.

As of right now, “The Bauhaus Book” is only available as a limited or signed edition, but De Belle says it will be exhibited and available for sale again in July. Prices upon request.

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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