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Infinity & Dreams

Photographs by Karin Hillmer.
Text: Introduction by Andrew Hurley, Essay by Karin Hillmer
in English/Spanish/French/German.
Citations from Jorge Luis Borges short stories accompanying each photograph.

Satus Editions, 2012. 128 pp.
ISBN 978-0-692-01553-7
Library of Congress Control Number 2011918580
11” x 11”
45+ 4 color plates

Hardcover, 128 pages

Book Edition: $60.00 | Available
Collector’s Edition:  $160.00 | Available
Collector’s Edition of 100 signed and numbered books. Includes a limited edition 6.5” x 6.5” original print matted to size, signed and numbered by the artist.

Publisher’s Description

The meaning and experience of time have always been important to Karin Hillmer. Her interest in this subject has led her to the much admired Argentine poet and writer, Jorge Luis Borges, whose enigmatic fictions have been her inspiration. Her hauntingly beautiful photographs explore visually the concepts of time and the infinite moment as they pertain to dreams and different forms of reality.

This monograph Infinity & Dreams exemplifies a masterful compilation of Hillmer’s imagination on fire. Anyone who has read and enjoyed Jorge Luis Borges’ works will become absorbed in her multi-faceted, artistic collection as her extraordinary talent takes flight.

Andrew Hurley, who translated Borges’ fictions for Penguin Books, wrote the exemplary introduction to Infinity & Dreams. He describes Hillmer’s images as: “charming, unsettling, provocative, endlessly revisitable and quite beautiful”.


Karin Hillmer was born and raised in Germany. She completed her European studies, and continued her education in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the State University of New York (ESC/SUNY Purchase) and an M.B.A. from Pace University. Early in her life, she experimented with collage, which later extended to her photographic process. Her natural curiosity and perpetual experimentation led her to the technique of fragmented images. Her photographs reflect new realities shaped by a lifelong interest in philosophy, history, art, invention, music and science. She is a painter, a photographer and, above all a storyteller. Hillmer’s work has been internationally exhibited in museums and galleries, and is among numerous collections throughout the world.


Andrew Hurley received his Ph.D. from Rice University in the theory of the novel. He also specialized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and the modernist period in England, Europe, and the United States. He came to the University of Puerto Rico in 1973 to teach, but in 1980, a chance invitation by the University’s English Department sent him in a new direction when distinguished poet/translator and New Yorker magazine essayist Alastair Reid introduced Hurley to translation. He never looked back. Hurley’s first translations included several essays for Borges, A Reader, and in 1998, he translated Borges’ Collected Fictions for Penguin Books. He has published over thirty book-length translations in many fields, and numerous short stories, essays, and poems.


The distinguished Argentine writer, essayist, poet and translator, Jorge Luis Borges, was born in Buenos Aires in 1899. During his lifetime, Borges became renowned as a creative artist whose works affected modern literature far beyond the borders of his native land. His most famous books were gathered and published in one single volume Collected Fictions, which ranks today among the world’s one-hundred most read books. Commencing with themes of local interest, Borges turned quickly to matters of universal culture, utilizing paradox, ambiguity, and skepticism to illustrate his lines of thought. Through his progressive blindness, the author’s imagination played an increasingly crucial role and led him to create innovative literary symbols which he merged with themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional characters and religion. In 1955 Borges was named the Director of the National Library in Buenos Aires. Borges lived in Argentina and Switzerland and during the 1960s he lectured widely in the United States, most notably at the University of Texas at Austin and at Harvard. In 1961 he received the Prix International, which he shared with Samuel Beckett, the first of many prizes and honors bestowed on. Eventually he returned to Geneva shortly before his death in 1986.