The Nominees’ Book 2020-2022

Published by the Musée de l’Elysée and supported by Parmigiani Fleurier, this book presents the eight nominated projects of the fourth Prix Elysée. Alexa Brunet, Arguiñe Escandón & Yann Gross, Magali Koenig, Thomas Mailaender, Moises Saman, Assaf Shoshan, Alys Tomlinson, and Kurt Tong were selected by the museum from among more than 250 candidates from all over the world. They each received a cash prize of CHF 5,000 and were given carte blanche to launch a new project, the initial results of which are brought together in this collective publication. As a kind of “making-of,” this collective book offers a look at each artist’s project development process.

Under the direction of Tatyana Franck
Interviews Lydia Dorner
Published by le Musée de l’Elysée
January 2021

Approx. 152 pages and 80 color images
23.5cm x 32cm, paperback
Bilingual French – English
ISBN 978-3-03942-013-1
The Nominees’ Book is available online and in the the Musée de l’Elysée’s bookshop.

       

Luis Carlos Tovar. Jardín de mi padre

On 20 February 1980, Jaime Tovar was abducted by the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC) and forced to wander for months through the tropical rainforest of the Colombian Amazonia. His son Luis Carlos, the author of this book, was just a few months old at the time. The guerilla fighters sent a Polaroid snapshot of their captive to his family as a proof that he was still alive. This project starts from the search for that uncertain photograph, but it reflects a process of rediscovery that transcends the event in itself. It is a poetic exercise that speaks of our finitude and contingent nature that explores the legacy of the past as our only mode of survival. The absence of the fetish photograph catalyzes a performative visual essay that draws on the mechanisms of appropriation and collage, removing the practice of documentary and autobiographical photography from its conventional framework.

Edited by the Musée de l’Elysée and Editorial RM
June 2020
Hardcover, 20 x 28 cm
ISBN FRA : 978-84-17975-37-1
ISBN ANG : 978-84-17975-38-8
ISBN : ESP : 978-84-17975-28-6

Available online and in the the Musée de l’Elysée’s bookshop.

       

The Nominees’ Book 2018-2020

Published by the Musée de l’Elysée, this book presents the projects of the third Prix Elysée’s eight nominees. Laia Abril, Mathieu Asselin, Claude Baechtold, Alexandra Catiere, Alinka Echeverría, Gregory Halpern, Nicola Lo Calzo and Luis Carlos Tovar were selected by the museum from among almost 325 candidates from all over the world. They each received a contribution of CHF 5 000 and were given carte blanche to launch a new project, the initial results of which are brought together in this collective publication. A kind of “making-of”, this collective book aims to highlight the production side of the projects by focusing on models, ideas, diagrams, preparatory images and other exchanges between artists and curators.

Under the direction of Tatyana Franck
Interview Lydia Dorner
Published by le Musée de l’Elysée
January 2019
23.5cm x 32cm, paperback
136 pages, 80 color images
Bilingual French – English
ISBN 978-2-88350-115-7

The Nominees’ Book is available online and in the the Musée de l’Elysée’s bookshop.

       

Matthias Bruggmann. Un acte d’une violence Indicible

If the tens of thousands of pictures of torture taken by Syrian photographers do not attract the attention of a Western audience, what can a foreigner who doesn’t even speak Arabic hope to accomplish?

The photographs of Matthias Bruggmann take a critical look at the representation of the atrocities of war. They give Westerners a more nuanced picture of the reality of an armed conflict and blur the boundaries between photojournalism and contemporary artistic photography.

Launched in 2012, his project plunges us into the complexity of the conflict. His images, which cover a geographic zone larger than Syria, question our moral assumptions and bring about a better understanding of the violence underlying this conflict.

Several specialists in the Syrian conflict sign a text in the book.

Softcover / 336 pages
16 x 22,4 cm
Two versions: French and English
French ISBN: 978-2-36511-186-7
English ISBN: 978-2-36511-187-4

Available online and in the the Musée de l’Elysée’s bookshop.

       

The Nominees’ Book 2016-2018

Published by the Musée de l’Elysée in partnership with Editions Photosynthèses in Arles, this book presents the projects of the eight nominees of the second edition of the Prix Elysée. Isabelle Blanc & Olivier Hilaire, Elina Brotherus, Matthias Bruggmann, David Jiménez, Sofie Knijff, Jim Naughten, Emeka Okereke and Robert Zhao Renhui were selected by the museum from among 440 candidates from all over the world. They were given carte blanche for a new project, each one presenting his or her initial results in an artist’s book. These books, presented together in a collection, invite the reader to delve into the privacy of a work in progress while providing an overview of contemporary photographic practices.

Publié par le Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne et les Éditions Photosynthèses, Arles
January 2017
Texts by: Tatyana Franck, Pascal Hufschmid, Michel Parmigiani and Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil
23.5 x 32 cm
Coffret toilé contenant 9 livres
160 pages (8 cahiers de 16 pages, 1 cahier de 32 pages)
200 images
Bilingue français & anglais
ISBN : 979-10-95822-02-8

       

Provisional Arrangement

For several months, Martin Kollar roamed the roads of Europe and searched through his personal archives to bring together in a rich corpus his idea of the provisional – a difficult subject to address visually. Nevertheless, Kollar didn’t waver and, with Provisional Arrangement, offers us around thirty images that all, in their own way, explore the notion of temporary – and, implicitly, the far broader notion of memory in the process of (de)construction.

Provisional Arrangement is the concretization of Martin Kollar’s project submitted for the first Prix Elysée launched in 2014 with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier. For the book edition of his project, Martin Kollar chose London publishers MACK, joined by the Musée de l’Elysée to co-publish Provisional Arrangement.

MACK publishers / Musée de l’Elysée
2 versions : french / english
20 x 25.5 cm
Hardcover, dos carré cousu, 64 pages, 35 colour photographs
Design : Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine & Martin Kollar

ISBN (Fr) : 978-2-88350-112-6
ISBN (En) : 978-1-91016-450-1

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The Nominees’ Book

The eight nominees of the 2014 edition were selected by the Musée l’Elysée from over 400 global applicants. Presenting the nominees’ projects, this book invites us to discover the intimacy of work-in-progress and offers a panorama of contemporary photographic practices.

Texts by : Caroline Stevan, Pascal Hufschmid, Jean-Marc Jacot, Sam Stourdzé and Tatyana Franck

Published by the Musée de l’Elysée, 2014
Bilingual French / English
203 x 305 mm
144 pages
86 photographs
ISBN: 978-2-88350-106-5