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Chapter 2–Claudine

A story about family, hoarding, love and loneliness

My great-aunt Claudine is a hoarder. Her life and her house depend on a delicate balance between love and loneliness. Photographing her house has been a motive to bond, as we share the same collecting obsession. Her interior seemed chaotic to the stranger I was; after investigation, it revealed its own logic.

Shortlisted for Kassel Dummy Award 2019

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Design: Anna Moschioni

Details: 104 pages, open spine, Munken and Biotop paper, handmade book cover with wallpaper and fabric

1st edition: 50 copies (sold out)

2nd edition: 70 copies (sold out)

Price: 35 euros

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By Silence

'By Silence' is inspired by my encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a daughter at a very young age, even before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raised their other children with the weight of an absent sister.
I asked myself: where was this sister? Was she present by her evanescence? How could the photographic medium represent this absence? I searched for her in natural forms, in collective imagery and in the words of the family. As if on a path, she plays hide-and-seek with sculptures, faces and bodies that evoke meditation and retreat.
With photography, I represent this resistance of memory to time. I mix layers of time and types of images; archive images and my own material. There is a relationship to trauma, which has no place in the past and remains a constant present. Putting this sister back in the past, giving her a tomb and making the archaeology of her story and her death.

Design: Zahari Dimitrov
Details: bilingual French/English, 90 pages, 20 x 28 cm, Munken 90gms and Fuego Felt White 260gms paper, handmade swiss binding with embossed soft cover
Edition of 30 copies (sold out)

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