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Onomatopee 249, Simona Koutná, 2024

Of Dogs and Daughters

Between Surrogate and Self

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"In the lobby and the dining room, Guiseppa's walls are decorated with
fairytale stills depicting digitally generated Disneyland scenery,
occupied by the most famous of Walt Disney's characters. Then, in
Giuseppa's own room, I found the first trace of Perdita's Dalmatian
family in the form of incidental black-and-white spots on a framed
portrait of St. Teresa. Giuseppa became a surrogate mother to me
during my stay. I was not her daughter, but I was a daughter striving
to understand."

Of Dogs and Daughters brings a compelling record of female artists and
writers, whose voices have been documented and collected through
friendships and chance encounters. Combined with found material that
proposes dog-human perspectives, this book attempts to redefine the
mother-daughter relationship through a surrogate lens, exploring
images of closeness, of anxieties conjured up by film franchises and
mechanisms of nostalgia aimed at caregivers and children.
The contributions by artists Carmen Dusmet Carrasco and Simona Koutná,
and writer Susan van Veen are complemented by the introspections of
memoirist Giuseppa and interlaced with passages from the novel The
Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956) by Dodie Smith. Each voice
represents a unique personal account against a backdrop of deficient
social support, single parenthood and absent caregivers.

Type
Softcover
Dimensions
11 x 17 cm
Pages
64
ISBN
978-90-833621-9-9
Editor
Susan van Veen
Author
Simona Koutná, Carmen Dusmet Carrasco, Giuseppa, Dodie Smith, Susan van Veen
Graphic
Andrea Salerno
Artist
Simona Koutná
Language
English, Czech
Release date
20240422
Paper
Munken Print Cream 90g, Peydur Feinleinen 220g
Edition
800
Printer
BALTO print
Onomatopee project manager
Jesse Muller, Natasha Rijkhoff
Text editor
Co-editors: Jesse Muller, Natasha Rijkhoff
Proofreader
Oliver Boulton
Illustrator
Andrea Salerno
Copy editor
Oliver Boulton
Made possible by
Faculty of Fine Arts of Brno University of Technology, Onomatopee Projects
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