Campo Verano is a series of portraits reinterpreting the photographic portraits affixed to grave markers in Campo Verano, the largest cemetery in Rome. However, by removing the pictures from their original context, they undergo a transformation, whereby Eskerod, through the enlargement of the photographs, makes visible the details and image structures, which are then able to enter new creations of meaning.
Structures that reveal he impact of time on the materially vain surface of the pictures, reminding us of the presence of death in the photograph as maintenance of a bygone moment. Eskerod’s portraits are thus not merely a delineation of portraits; they also revolve around human conditions of existence: life and death. The weathering impact of time on these burial portraits has added an extra dimension in the form of a reflection on the photograph as an instrument of recollection, as layer upon layer in the creation of memories and remembrance.
Campo Verano was published by KEHRER Verlag in 2009. The book includes a text by Stephen Greenblatt.
This book presents the series Life and Death Masks and was published in connection with an exhibition at Glyptoteket in 2001.
The masks were shown together with sculptures by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.
The book includes texts by Tove Thage and Flemming Friborg. ISBN: 9788774522566
Faces – Ansigter
The book Faces includes three series by Torben Eskerod: Prayer, Equivalent and the first take on the Life and Death Masks.
It was published by Rhodos in 1997 when Eskerod won The Danish Ministry of Culture’s Book Prize.