A Photo Book as a Box: On Mladen Teofilović’s work The Core

Jelena Matić


The history of the photo book is practically old as the history of photography. A photo book is more than just an object with leaves and pages, photographs, with or without text. Throughout The Core, the work of the young artist Mladen Teofilović, the text analyses the photography book as the relationships between text, images, and spectator. According to the artist's idea, the photo book looks like a metal box that imitates a hospital file. Conceiving the work in this way, the artist reveals and interprets the fragments from his life: his struggle with a severe migraine, his attempt to find a solution, to accept his condition and live with it. Teofilović directs his photo book to the spectator, inviting him to take a part in disassembly, analysis and reading where every picture, text or sentence does not have to but can take on a different meaning.


Article received: April 12, 2022; Article accepted: June 21, 2022; Published online: September 15, 2022; Original scholarly paper 

How to cite this article: Matić, Jelena. "A Photo Book as a Box: On Mladen Teofilović’s work The Core." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 28 (September 2022): 109-119. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i28.521


photo book; box; history of photography; science; text; presentation; spectator; interpretation.

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