Photographs & Text: Joan Fontcuberta
Design & Cover Illustration: Nagore M. Jauregi / La Machine Gráfica
English Translation: Goren Arauz
Photoengraving & Pre-press: La Troupe
Printed by Artes Gráficas Palermo
27 x 20 cm
80 tritone photographs
HeghDI' vem ghaH, tu'lu' Dinosaur (which translates from Klingon as “Upon awakening, the dinosaur was still there”, a micro-story by Augusto Monterroso) tells a previously unknown story about the Klingon race.
It is common knowledge that, ever since the Jurassic period, when the dinosaurs were their loyal pets, Klingons withdrew to planet Qo’noS, located in the Beta Quadrant, and did not cross paths with humanity again until the wars against the Romulan Star Empire and their trials and tribulations with the United Federation of Planets. This document reveals their unprecedented plans to take over Earth with the help of their pets which, as a result of genetic engineering, have now become a weapon of mass destruction.
This work is printed in the original Klingon language, in which, to date, only translations of classics such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing have been published. A translation of the text is available via a QR code.
HeghDI' vem ghaH, tu'lu' Dinosaur features a selection of black and white photographs of dinosaurs taken by Joan Fontcuberta (Barcelona, 1955) over the years – since 1989, when he was working on his series entitled “Animal-trouvé” – at archaeological sites, natural history museums and theme parks, along with others generated using text-to-image AI software.
Joan Fontcuberta is an artist, essayist, teacher and exhibition curator. His creative work explores the conflicts between nature, technology, photography and truth, and has been the subject of many solo exhibitions and monographic publications over the past five decades. Many of his projects are presented as fictional narratives that parody authoritarian mechanisms for the spreading of information and the transfer of knowledge (politics, religion, the media, science, cultural industries, etc.), usually aimed at fuelling doubt and triggering a critical attitude in the audience. His theoretical writings include El beso de Judas. Fotografía y verdad (Gustavo Gili, 1997), La cámara de Pandora (Gustavo Gili, 2010) [Pandora’s Camera: Photography after Photography; Mack, 2014] and La furia de las imágenes: notas sobre la postfotografía (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2016).
In 2013, Joan Fontcuberta received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, and in 2020, he was granted the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Sorbonne University of Paris 8.