Feeding on Light / Book launch

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky

Humans and caterpillars alike are part of networks of organisms that consume the matter composed by glucose molecules, eating organic compounds, making use of the value of food, eating one another, passing on energy to one another.

Sina Ribak, An Encounter With Leaves

Please join the Berlin release of Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky’s artist book Feeding on Light published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam on Saturday October 7, 2023, at Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur. Eva’s wonderful book features my essay An Encounter With Leaves.

Feeding on Light examines photosynthesis through experimental photography and is laid out as a field guide. Imagine a collection of perforated leaves in which organisms like insects, fungi, or bacteria living in or eating the foliage have created an array of patterns. Transporting the outdoors into her analogue colour darkroom, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky experimentally captured the traces of the often symbiotic tree-insect-sun relationships. An extensive index links the 136 photograms, 87 contact prints and 496 leaf negative prints to the plant species’ common and scientific names. Three essays contextualise her light harvest record from the perspectives of biology, ecology and philosophy.

FEEDING ON LIGHT book launch: Saturday October 7, 2023, at 19:00, Zabriskie Buchladen für Kultur und Natur, Reichenberger Str. 150, 10999 Berlin.

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky will be joined by the authors Sina Ribak and Taco Hidde Bakker, and designer Dongyoung Lee.

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky
Feeding on Light, 2023
Roma 449
13 x 20 cm, 416 pages, printed with plant based ink
Design by Dongyoung Lee, Roger Willems.
Essays by Margot & Roland Spohn, Sina Ribak, Taco Hidde Bakker