Peter Lyssiotis





Peter Lyssiotis is a photographer/photomonteur, filmmaker, writer and book artist who has worked in the field of bookarts for over 25 years. In 2005 he was a recipient of the State Library of Victoria Fellowship. The resulting work was A Gardener at Midnight: Travels in the Holy Land. In 2008 the making of this book was documented by ABC Arts. His latest book Men of Flowers documents the discovery of Charles Darwin's 19th 'missing' notebook and was sponsored by Melbourne University Bailleau Library.

Peter Lyssiotis has been working in the field of book arts for over 25 years. In the early 1980s he was dissatisfied with short term nature of gallery based exhibitions and took his work to Champion Books, a small independent publisher in East Prahran. As a writer and photomonteur the idea of putting his work into book form was a logical step. At Champion Books, working with Ted Hopkins and a team of enthusiastic printers and artists, Peter was initiated into the world of bookarts. His first book, Journey of a Wise Electron and Other Stories was soon followed by Three Cheers for Civilisation. Both books are a social commentary on Australian life at that time. These books became the first of what was to become a library of seminal works. His most recent major work is Men of Flowers. The book celebrates the anniversary of the publication of Darwin_s Origin of Species and documents the _discovery_ of Charles Darwin_s 19th missing notebook.


The role of exhibitions in promoting the book arts: Putting together The Silent Scream; political and social comment in books by artists - presented with Monica Oppen


I have used the book as a vehicle for political comment again and again believing that the book is an ideal platform for conveying ideas. Surely that is the most basic roll of the book! The exhibition The Silent Scream tracks artists and writers who have used and still use the book with this same intention. Let me introduce you some of my colleagues!!
William Blake' America; A prophecy.
George Grosz ' Ecce Homo
John Heartfield' Und Sie Bewegt Sich Doch
Noel Counihan' War and Peace
Ian Howard' Action Man Story
Ross McMaster' Religious Convictions

The work in The Silent Scream; political and social comment in books by artists allows the visitor to focus on the diversity of expression possible with in the book.
We encourage you to visit.


Wednesday 28 September


1:30pm - 3.00pm





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