Scytale, 2011

Guillaume Cassar
Scytale, 2011
Wood, rubber, cardboard, string, 14 books
400 x 275 x 215 cm
Installation view
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Plamen Galabov


Guillaume Cassar's painstaking care and technique in binding imbues these fragments with new life and gives them a ‘second reading’. Since 1999, he has created more than 500 books utilising both traditional and modern techniques, which unify the sensibilities of the past with the intricacies of the modern and the contemporary. The pages are like threads, woven with humour and nostalgia, becoming latent yet potent reservoirs of emotion.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 10


Cassar, Guillaume


The Spartan scytale is the communication tool that does the most harm to the universality of language.