-> Laura Larson: City of Incurable Women (Saint Lucia, 2021)
Laura Larson is a Columbus-based photographer and writer. His first book,hidden mother(Saint Lucy Books, 2017), was shortlisted for the Aperture-Paris Photo Photo Book First Prize.
Book Specifications: Hardcover | 9 x 7 inches | 216 pages. Available here.
City of Incurable Womendescribes the complex lives of 19th-century women, diagnosed with hysteria, hospitalized at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. Incorporating a wide range of materials, Larson layers archival footage with her own photographs and text, speculating through documented accounts of women’s illness.….
….Larson imagines women as a collective, claiming their shared knowledge and the pleasures and risks of escape. Embracing photography’s ability to feel,City of Incurable Womensees these women as unruly spirits that haunt the present, undermining radical possibilities for empathy and resistance.
Nähere Informationen/ More information: https://www.saintlucybooks.com/shop/p/city-of-incurable-women
Video: Artist interview with Laura Larson and Jennifer Lange by Contemporary Art Matters (Youtube)
-> Téo Becher: White Charcoal (Le Bec en l’Air, 2021)
Theo Becher is a French photographer who graduated from the school of visual arts Septante-Cinq in Brussels (2014) and holds a master’s degree in photography from KASKA in Antwerp (2020) and has since explored documentary and landscape photography.
Book Specifications: Size: 24x30cm | Pages: 108 | Design: Lucía Peluffo | Text & images: Teo Becher | Language: French/English | ISBN: 978-2-36744-155-9. Available here.
The mountains of Maurienne are marked with ambiguities, contradictions, oppositions. Of the many factories once scattered along the Arc, only one remains. Even if a few ski resorts dot the peaks, most of the space in the Maurienne is located in the uninhabitable, thus corresponding to the romantic image of a pure and sublime nature.….
….At first, I felt the need for a physical experience of the landscape. Being in the mountains, walking, breathing. It has become like wandering this uninhabitable, which you only feel on foot, as close as possible to the topography, immersed in the landscape.
These two layers add up and mix, like a reconnaissance walk through the territory, to try to get to know every corner of it.
Nähere Informationen/ Further information: https://www.becair.com/produit/charbon-blanc/
Video: “White Charcoal” by Teo Becher (Youtube)
-> Antigone Kourakou: Transfiguration (Skeleton Key Press, 2022)
Antigone Kourakou (born November 1979) lives and works in Athens, Greece. Since 2010, his photographic work has been exhibited and published internationally. In addition to being a photographer, Kourakou works as an art conservator/restorer and is internationally recognized for her professional practice of mosaic making.
Book Specifications: Published by Skeleton Key Press, April 2022 | ISBN 978-82-692410-3-7 | 19.5 x 28cm | Hardcover | 120 pages, 80 bichrome plates | Edited by Antigone Kourakou and Russell Joslin | Texts by Costis Antoniadis and Erik Vroons | Text in English. Available here.
By recording thoughts, emotions and other imprints of her reality, Antigone Kourakou explores the universal dynamic between the natural environment and human presence, and the capacity of their interaction to transform us. His photographs, taken most often in his native Greece, contrast strikingly between bright light and deep, velvety shadows.….
….His collaborative subjects, most often women, often appear in contorted, twisted, or dancing poses, and alternately, in reflective states of longing, struggle, or lucidity. In Transfigurationthese images are carefully arranged and sequenced with depictions of water, stone, trees, plants, fire, and dilapidated interiors that quietly support the poetic arc of the book.
Nähere Informationen/ More information: https://www.skeletonkeypress.com/transfiguration
Video:Antigone Kourakou – The Shadow of Things (Vimeo)