How do you create a fresh overview of all too familiar material like these visual columns? As far as we’re concerned, the makers of this large volume have struck just the right note. Something like eleven years of powerful and engaged graphic commentary on current affairs, in clear Dutch, has once again been interpreted – and in jovial fashion.
Where once these visual journalistic pieces appeared in a modest column format on the front page of the daily Volkskrant, now a carefully considered selection has here and there even been blown up into a centrefold, the makers instantly demonstrating that the material retains its robustness when enlarged. Sharply printed on Munken Polar Rough paper and in a Swiss-style flush-cut binding, when opened the book lies nicely flat, thus displaying run-on pages at their best. Even if you’re not an admirer of the Gorilla Collective’s work, everything about this book tells you that it’s been made with care and in a nuanced way, with good rhythm. Even if the placing of text and the proofreading could have done with a little more care.
The sometimes hefty subject matter of the illustrations is identified in agreeably open and legible typography and offers a nice little insight into what has occupied us over the past decade in terms of current affairs. Exactly as befits an oeuvre book.