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The World's Smallest Bible Thrown in the Biggest Man-Made Hole
Cecilia Parsberg

In April, 2000 when I first visited South Africa I met Jabulani Dube. He worked at a bookbindery. I asked him what it means to be a rasta and we ended up having a long discussion about religion. He also told me he grew up in Kimberley, a society founded on the Bore’s diamond trading and that one of the mines is the biggest in the world. I replied saying that the smallest bible in the world is in Stensele church in Sweden. I asked him if he could make a copy of it. After a long conversation we agreed that this copy of The smallest bible in the world should be unwritten because it’s about ‘writing it every day in one’s actions’. He and his little daughter followed me to Kimberley. I rented a small airplane and dropped the bible in the hole.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:33
Language English
Color Color
Year 2000
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About the artist

Cecilia Parsberg

Cecilia Parsberg, PhD in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Lund University and Umeå University. Lives in Stockholm. From 1:st of February, 2018, she is appointed Senior lecturer in Visual Arts with emphasis on Visual Arts Education at the Department of Artistic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Karlstad University.

Her work is contextually situated, relational, performative, politically informed, and articulate an artistic view on challenges that are also existential, political and aesthetic. A form of participatory performance is involved in the production process one way or another – and aims to generate images to be presented to an audience. Her projects are for the most part clearly situated in time and space and developed in relation to the public debate, her investigations have also demanded a public space for the presentations. Parsberg present most of her works as exhibitions in public art spaces, often including a panel debate with local politicians and activists. She arranges street-screenings and improvise workshops. She works with blogs, social media, radio, sometimes TV, she writes articles in newspapers and publish in magazines.