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To the Sea

by Maison Kasini/Kasini House
and This Is What's There


To the Sea
photography booklet

Photographs by Matt Hovey
Poem by Matthew Arnold
Commentary by Ric Kasini Kadour

To The Sea is a 28-page booklet that features photographs by Matt Hovey of nude men playing in the ocean to illustrate Victorian-era poet Matthew Arnold’s “The Forsaken Merman". The resulting juxtaposition is a meditation on man’s role in society and the tensions between obligation and play.

Vermont-born Matt Hovey lives in Montreal. In 2011, Maison Kasini published "Berlin to Prague", a folio of photographs and he was featured in the art subscription Papirmasse. His website is

Ric Kasini Kadour is a writer, gallerist, and artist who lives in Montreal, where he is the co-owner and director of Maison Kasini. His website is

Matthew Arnold was a Victorian-era British poet and critic who was viewed as a proto-modernist. He is regarded as one of the era’s greatest poets after Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning. Being a long dead Victorian, Arnold does not have a website.

Details: 28 page booklet | 5.5" x 5.5" | 16 full colour photographs | saddle-stitched | published by Maison Kasini | 2012