Why is making books important to your practice?
At Nous Vous we make quite a lot of work that has no home, no context, no place where it can interact with an audience. This isn’t a bad thing, as it stimulates and informs our day-to-day practice and means we can quietly keep our mess and mistakes to ourselves. Steadily, we’ve felt like we wanted to bring purpose and direction to this investigative work, to take it more seriously, give it more purpose and form, take it somewhere rather than letting it fizzle out and fill a drawer.
We’ve always naturally been inclined toward working in different ways, trying new processes and methods to explore image-making, curating, performance and thinking. It’s practical to have a discipline and stick at it if you want to make a living, but we’ve always wanted to keep this fairly open ended. Publishing self-authored books is the closest thing we’ve found to wearing all those hats at the same time. It gives us the opportunity to create content, design, make art, curate, interact with people, take photos, write, make stories and create conversation through our work.
Over the years as we’ve moved more and more toward image-making over design, our individual practices have become more independent of one another. So as well as the aforementioned reasons this is a way of bringing us back together.