Rene van Hulst, Katherine Oktober Matthews

The Kindness of One

The Kindness of One is an intuitive, personal exploration of how a Dutch consul and factory director helped thousands of Jewish refugees to escape to Japan from Lithuania in 1940. The story is understood as the impetus for a research project into the experiences of refugees – then and now – and the meaning of empathy and the small gesture. Although the book is printed only in black and silver, it gives the impression of many nuances of colour. An effect ingeniously achieved through the use of two different types of papers for the body: brown-grey Cairn and lighter Munken Lynx Rough. A choice also prompted by a more concrete motivation: the Lithuanian half of the story is told on Munken; the Japanese half on Cairn. The tactile difference between the two papers is utilised to the full to enrich the experience of reading and looking with the sense of touch. Combined with the soft blue-grey paper of the cover, this creates lovely, rich shades of cohesion throughout the project. Painstakingly printed and soundly bound as a Swiss brochure, which means it opens beautifully. A book can be a report on an experience, research or art project – or it can itself be both the experience and the artwork. As is the case here, and with sublime results.

Edition: 2019
Release date: October 2019
Language: English
Final editor: Katherine Oktober Matthews
Picture editor: Margaret Lansink, Akiko Wakabayashi
Photographer: Margaret Lansink
Artist: Margaret Lansink, Rene van Hulst
Publisher / commissioner: WeWest in association with Kaunas Photography Gallery, West Graftdijk, Kaunas (LT)
Available through: Bookschop, webshop
Designer: Akiko Wakabayashi (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Marc Gijzen, Voorburg
Printer: Drukkerij Tielen, Boxtel
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Dimensions: 190 x 270 x 10
Amount of pages: 120
Number of copies: 500
Price: € 40
ISBN: 978 609 80 99 33 1
Font and foundry: Fortescue Pro (Colophon Foundry)
Binding style: Swiss-style cut-flush binding, transparently glued-off spine, front cover with flap
Paper interior: 100gsm Cairn Eco White, 120gsm Munken Lynx Rough, Christiaan Janssen, Antalis
Cover material: 250gsm Materica Aqua, Fedrigoni
Other technical features: The book block is bound with black threads and is printed in Pantone 877, Process Black and Ridge Black highly pigmented RT 195.