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Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys: I Piccoli Pupazzi Sporchi di Pruppà

In 2012, thirty life-size puppets were made from jute and straw.This number grew to fifty-four in the course of 2013. This series of puppets was called Die Schmutzigen Puppen von Pommern, after a region extending across northern Germany and Poland. In the spring of 2015 it was decided that a large number of small puppets were to be manufactured from the same material, providing that each should not exceed 35 cm and have a totally different character from one another. A team of six people worked on this series for about 3,000 hours in a small workshop at the canal in Brussels. The undertaking was completed on November 13, 2015. The result was one hundred sixty-four puppets. They were presented at Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, in Rome, and all of them are in this book. The title, “I Piccoli Puppazzi Sporchi di Pruppà,” is after a small hamlet in the southeast of Italy, not far from the town of Stilo.

Co-published with Gavin Brown’s enterprise.

 

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