How much does a reader’s mental image of the author influence the content of a book? From a series of works on the concept of authorship in contemporary art and literature, Project for USTED consists in the cover design for a collection of poetry (title: USTED) by Argentine poet Lila Zemborain. The book’s edition was broken into three printings and each of the three groups’ back covers were printed with a different author’s photograph, taken at different points in Zemborain’s life. The three photographs could be of different authors, a metaphor for the changes to an artist’s work as they move through the phases of their life.


Terence Gower and Lila Zemborain, 1998

Paper-bound offset book, printed in three editions

21 x 14.4 x 0.5 cm

Published by Ediciones Ultimo Reino, Buenos Aires, 1998