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Tales of Enchantment, The Seeker and the Search


The Tales of Enchantment, The Seeker and the Search is a limited-edition folio by the artist Elana Gutmann comprised of seven archival pigment prints, numbered and signed by the artist, with accompanying texts by authors Mahmood Farooqui of India, Patrick Okorokoff of France and Walter Bargen of the American Midwest.


Each text employs the seven folio images as the point of departure to tell the tale of a seeker and a search.


The Tales of Enchantment have also served as the point of inspiration for the duo composition for baroque violin and bass by the same name created by Swiss composer Barry Guy and for the monograph La Question, a prose poem text created by French author Varinia Oberto. 


Of the edition of fourteen, eleven now find their homes in a variety of collections and destinations around the world.

Omni/The Tales of Enchantment, click here 

An essential work in a series of Gutmann’s collaborations with artists in other media, Omni/The Tales of Enchantment is a symphonic work in seven parts created by the composer Barry Guy in response to Gutmann’s seven Tales of Enchantment images.

Tales of Enchantment, The Seeker and the Search

Collaborator Notes


Walter Bargen is an American poet and Missouri’s first Poet Laureate. His works have been included in more than 100 literary magazines and have garnered multiple awards and accolades. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Days Like This Are Necessary: New and Selected Poems.


Writer, historian and restorer of Dastangoi, Mahmood Farooqui is an Indian writer, artist and director. In the art and culture circles of Delhi, Farooqui is known for having revived the 16th-century Urdu story-telling art form Dastangoi in the 21st century along with reknown Urdu poet and literary critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi. 


Born in Paris, the late Patrick Okorokoff was a visionary architect, poet and artist.


Born and living in France, Varinia Oberto is the author of Bellatran and numerous fiction works.


Barry Guy is an innovative bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, chamber and orchestral performance and solo recitals is the outcome of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication.


He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and the BGNO (Barry Guy New Orchestra). His concert works for chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists have been widely performed and his skilful and inventive writing has resulted in an exceptional series of compositions.




Following the path of A Thousand and One, a series of evocative pigment prints inspired by the rich tradition of dastan, the ancient art of storytelling.

Elana Gutmann: The Work and Career of the Artist


Is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Elana Gutmann: The Work and Career of the Artist may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donate Here.

Make a Better Place/MABP Elana Gutmann co-founded MABP in 1994 and continues its work in the US and abroad as a curriculum consultant, speaker and artist-in-residence. 


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