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Arsenic-eating was a widespread, tabooed, and after the 19th century quickly forgotten custom in the eastern parts of the Alps. The arsenic was produced by mining and roasting arsenic ore.
Hard-working folks used arsenic as a stimulans. It was fed to horses for the same reasons.
The project examines the question "In what kind of reality does arsenic-eating seem plausible?".
The goal is to produce a book (144 pages, 20.5 cm x 30 cm) in order to make the projects results accessible to an international public. The book consists of 2 parts: a 112 pages visual study (own photos and archival material) and 32 pages cultural historic research findings.
"The Arsenic Eaters" will be published by an independet dutch publisher for art books.
The last time on-site research was published in English was in th 19th century. It attracted a lot of interational attention: Three times the arsenic eaters were featured in the New York Times (1854, 1875, 1885).
There still is a lot of interest: A New York-based distributor has already preordered 200 pieces of "The Arsenic Eaters". But without a successful crowdfunding the book cannot be produced.
Without your support the book production costs cannot be covered!
The funds go directly into the book production (printing, binding, lithography, design, proofreading). A high-quality production is expensive: 1/3 comes from crowdfunding, 1/3 from public funds, 1/3 is self-funded.
I am a photographer living and working in Vienna. In 2014 I started doing research on the topic and visiting historic arsenic underground mines. Due to the continuing national and international interest I want to produce "The Arsenic Eaters" in order to make my research findings accessible to the public.