This double volume devoted to Yves Dana, a Swiss sculptor of Egyptian descent, is the ideal continuation of a 2015 publication by 5 Continents Editions.
The chronological narrative follows the works created by Dana since 2017 and calls the reader’s attention to the dialogue between the artist and his medium, which finds its voice in the creative process. In the interview with Marc-Alain Ouaknin included in this volume, it becomes clear that to Yves Dana his task is first and foremost observing what nature has to say—observing with his eyes, but also with his hands.
His sculptures present themselves to contemporary viewers as if they were the archeological finds of ancient civilizations, and it is possibly from this very trait that they derive their extraordinary strength.
Marc-Alain Ouaknin is a French philosopher and writer who studied to become a rabbi. During his studies in philosophy, he focused especially on the theories of Emmanuel Levinas, specializing in psychoanalysis and the phenomenology of religion. He directs the Centre de recherches et d’études juives Aleph in Paris and teaches literature at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.