Laurence Aëgerter — Cathédrales

An artist’s book based on a spread of the cathedral in Bourges from a book published in the 1950s by the ministry of tourism to promote spiritual architecture in France. Aëgerter photographed this image over 100 times to capture the shadow of the window in her studio as it gradually covered the reproduction until the cathedral vanished into darkness.

The meditative process and the slow passing of time is incorporated in physicality of the work; the size of the publication determines the pace to turn the pages, requiring a degree of concentration that confronts the reader with their own understanding of time.

Through her interaction with existing material such as encyclopedias, documentary photographs and art reproductions, Aëgerter intervenes in the perception of her subjects and challenges traditional structures of knowledge.

Specs: 21 x 26 cm, 248 pages
Edition of 490 + 50 special editions (Signed and numbered. In black etui, provided with an insert of Cathédrale de Coutances in thermo ink.)
Source: Cathédrales et Eglises de France, Ministère de Tourisme et Patrimoine de France, 1950
Year: 2014
Publisher: RVB Books
Price: € 45

Cathédrales has been published due to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fonds.

Laurence Aëgerter — Cathédrales