this separated isle • paul sng • kit de waal • photobook
A special one-off limited edition hardback signed edition of This Separated Isle, handbound at the Tangerine Press workshop.
A photobook of stories and portraits exploring concepts of identity in modern Britain. Edited by documentary filmmaker Paul Sng and with a foreword by author Kit De Waal.
Even as COVID-19 made a seismic impact across the world, the cracks exposed by Brexit, Black Lives Matter and rising levels of race hate crimes revealed bitter divisions in British society. In the aftermath of the pandemic, and with questions over the breakup of the United Kingdom refusing to dissipate, how do people across Britain choose to navigate the tensions in this divided land?
With a foreword by Kit de Waal, This Separated Isle explores how concepts of ‘Britishness’ reveal an inclusive range of opinions and understandings about our national character. Featuring a diverse range of fascinating photographic portraits of people from across the UK and their accompanying narrative stories, this landmark book examines the relationship between identity and nationhood, revealing not only what divides us, but also the ties that bind us together as a nation.
Guardian review here: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/08/exploring-britishness-in-pictures
This Separated Isle limited edition handbound book
5 x limited edition 8x10" photo prints
26-copy lettered edition, signed by Paul Sng.
Published by Policy Press
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A special one-off limited edition hardback signed edition of This Separated Isle, handbound at the Tangerine Press workshop with light grey cloth-covered boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; foil embossed front cover artwork; Fabriano Tiziano dark grey endpapers. Only 26 individually lettered copies are available for sale. Embossing is by hand on a 1960s Marshall embosser.
Edited by documentary filmmaker Paul Sng and with a foreword by author Kit De Waal.
Photographers include: Andy Aitchison, Rhys Baker, Alicia Bruce, Joanne Coates, Inès Elsa Dalal, Marc Devanant, Kat Dlugosz, Alecsandra Dragoi, Amara Eno, Mario W. Ihieme, Christine Lalla, Ciara Leeming, Jenny Lewis, Sally Low, Gina Lundy, Kirsty Mackay, Margaret Mitchell, Jim Mortram, Nicola Muirhead, Kate Nolan, Roland Ramanan, Arpita Shah, Marie Smith, Ilisa Stack, Yan Wang Preston, Lisa Wormsley, Fiona Yaron-Field.
Reviews for Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience
“This book illustrates a truth we cannot ignore.”
“A beautiful collection – not bleak – a portrait of humour, resilience and endurance.”
—Kit De Waal
“These aren’t portraits of despair. They’re stories of defiance, of fight and of faith that a better country awaits us all.”
“This is a profoundly important human document, haunting for all the right reasons, and must be read.”
Paul Sng is a British Chinese filmmaker and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose films are driven by methodical research, creative storytelling and a collaborative approach that strives for inclusivity and diversity in people and projects. In 2015, Paul founded Velvet Joy Productions to explore the lives and work of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in the arts and media. Paul's documentaries have been broadcast on national television and screened internationally and include Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain (2015), Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017), Social Housing, Social Cleansing (2018) and Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021).
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