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To the Sea

by 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