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Le Pâtissier Pittoresque
Antonin Carême
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This book is a colourised version of the 1828 “Pâtissier Pittoresque”. First published by french pastry chef Antonin Carême, it gathers more than a hundred sugar sculptures, all served on the buffet table of Emperor Napoleon I and king Louis XVIII.  

Known in the cooking world for their elegant sobriety, the blueprints of these sculptures were, as of today, always published in black and white. Yet, the author refers to more than thirty of them in his introduction, instructing how the sugar paste and biscuit should be coloured to create the desired effect. Thinking himself more as an artist than as an artisan, this new colourised version is a testament to Carême’s effervescent creativity.

Colourised by Robin Bantigny and Jérémie Rentien Lando.
Co-published with Jan Van Eyck Academie

Nicola Godman
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“RUSTIQUE” is an artist book created by Nicola Godman. This book is sprung out of a residency in September 2021 at Hôtel Chevillon, a former Scandinavian artist colony in Grez-sur-Loing, France. Barbizon, the village where the painter Jean-François Millet (1814–1875) lived and died, is located 20 km away from there. The book interweaves the life and work of Millet with Godman’s photographs, drawings and personal anecdotes.

“RUSTIQUE” wishes to put forward the artistic gaze towards rural life by artists who themselves are born peasants. Nicola Godman (b. 1989, Rute) is an artist working with photography, video, books and stories, currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. Having grown up on an organic dairy farm, she is researching depictions of rural life in art history and contemporary culture.

U, kill’d me First (Melody)
David Douard
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This publication constitutes a continuation of “Melody”, the installation created by David Douard for Sculpture Garden (2022 edition), acquired by the city of Geneva, and which was subsequently vandalized. This last point is at the heart of the book, which presents a graphic section bringing together reproductions of preparatory works for the piece, plates of images of the work in situ, and a discussion between the artist and the curator Devrim Bayar dealing with the status of this work during and after degradation.

Texts by Devrim Bayar and David Douard (in collaboration with Justine Dorion)

Tekeli-li - Vol. 1
Judith Neunhäuser
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TEKELI-LI in "Mountains of Madness" (1936) by H. P. Lovecraft is a scream that frightens polar explorers upon their arrival in a hidden city at the South Pole. An online bibliography listing Antarctic fictions is called the same.

Taking the shape of an encyclopedia and an adventure book, "Tekeli-li" is the first catalogue of artist Judith Neunhäuserer, mapping the various elements constituting her œuvre and research. This book includes a special ephemera: a handmade recycled A4 made from the publications used during her research. 

The Convent of Pleasure
Margaret Cavendish
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The Convent of Pleasure is a play written by Margaret Cavendish in 1668. The play is a comedy about noblewomen who choose to retreat to a convent to create their own community in order to avoid the constraints and pains of marriage and men. Lady Happy, the main protagonist, ponders the question of a radical alternative to marriage: “But why may not I love a woman with the same affection I could a man?” This book is a close reproduction of the first printed edition of the play, which was supervised and edited by hand by Cavendish.

Computers At Work
Sophie Rentien Lando
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Computers at Work presents an overview of the role women played in the building and shaping of the computing field from the 18th century to the present day. It aims to articulate in what way women’s systematic erasure from history has transformed computing from being perceived as “women’s work” to an industry that is largely hostile to them.

Vice Versa — America's Gayest Magazine
Lisa Ben
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Vice Versa is on of the first known lesbian magazine in the world. Lisa Ben wrote, edited, printed and distributed the magazine for nine months in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. This publication gathers the nine issues she has published.

Lisa Ben explained in an interview: "I would type it out during working hours. I had never enough work—I was a fast typist. And my boss would say: 'Well, I don't care what you do if your work is done. But I don't want you to there and knit or read a magazine... I want you to look busy.' So I had plenty to keep me busy and that's how I put together VICE VERSA... I used the office stapling machine. I used the manila folders form the office, and I didn't feel a bit guilty about it! I should have, but I didn't."

Vagabondi Efficaci
Costanza Candeloro
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The words collected in the book form a constellation of texts in which the theme of walking becomes a mode of being, a poetic disposition, to redefine one’s relationship with space-time. With words by Kathy E. Ferguson, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Carlo Ginzburg, Fernand Deligny, John Ruskin, Susan Leigh Star & Geoffrey C. Bowke, Usrula K. Le Guin, Arthur Rimbaud, Jack Eliott Cardno, Costanza Candeloro, Axelle Stiefel, Giulia Essyad, Gianmaria Andreetta, Arnaud Wohlhauser.

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