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Predicate Object 2014-06-25T05:00:41.000Z 2020-12-10T22:19:19.177Z 12 books in box (various pagings) : illustrations ; 24 cm 15 as narrated by itself (Jelinek, Alana) Publication Text © Alana Jelinek. Designed by Marit Munzberg. "An artist's book serialized over 12 months published in chapters each month, beginning the 15th January and ending the 15th December 2013, echoing a nineteenth century paradigm in publishing by authors such as Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Both a site-specific intervention into the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and a stand-alone artwork, 'The Fork's Tale' is the story of the relationship between collections, collectors and the collected written from the point of view of a nineteenth century Fijian cannibal fork. The cannibal forks in the Museum's collection are the oldest in the world. Nevertheless they are highly contested artefacts. On the one hand they are meant to be material proof of past savagery, on the other, many are known to have been made specifically for an early tourist trade in native curios and have never touched flesh, let alone human flesh. It is the complexity of these stories that is explored in this publication including the humour involved in the encounter between Fijians and Europeans. The chapters also include drawings from the point of view of the 'cannibal fork'."--Publisher's website. The fork's tale The fork's tale 9781908260130 volume text unmediated 9781908260130 The fork's tale
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