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The Book of Jests is an artist book that combines religious iconography and political jokes. The iconography is sourced from Albrecht Durer’s Marginal drawings for the Prayer of Emperor Maximilian I c.1515. The book contains 25 jests, each printed on their original language. The series includes: English, Italian, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Czech, Russian and Turkish.
The work explores the relativity of language and the role of printing technologies in the spread of ideology through the ages.