Reinterpreting Literature
Paper art installations by Zim&Zou

It is common to bring literature to life through a film or a stage production. French artistic duo Zim&Zou has made use of their unique skills and craftsmanship and transformed two famous novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Kristin Lavransdatter, in delicate 3D art with just coloured papers. The two amazing pieces were showcased in the Sharing Worlds: The Nobel Prize in Literature exhibition took place in Dubai.

Zim&Zou are Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann, who studied graphic design but later became fascinated with handcrafted art using tangible materials such as paper and wood. They have also refrained from using computers but instead they composed their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. The results are often vibrant with an infinite range of colours and rich in textures.

The red-themed installation represents the historical fiction Kristin Lavransdatter written by Sigrid Undset. The protagonist Kristin Lavransdatter and her love Erlend Nikulausson are each sitting on top of a mountain, with the significant location Trondheim Cathedral in between them. The other artwork is a recreation of the house where the whole story of  One Hundred Years of Solitude written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez takes place. Recurring elements of the story are concealed under the vegetation that separates the house from the outside world.