Fable invites us to seek in everything the overthrow of the known, to call on vertigo, excess, unreason, in order to reconnect with nature and limitlessness, in a brutal confrontation with what is. The photographic gesture tends here towards the visceral and the origin. It is a photographic meditation on the duality of the human being, between elevation and cruelty, between contemplation and experience, between humility and hybris. (Elie Monferier)
For Elie Monferier, “[the] photographer does not have the ambition to stop the course of the world. On the contrary, he experiences it, he constantly confronts it. At every moment, he combines his experience and his perception in an impossible tension, from which the photograph results and bears witness. Photography is raw material which, springing from its failure to grasp reality, leads us towards the abstraction of thought and invites us to probe the ambiguity that our human condition brings out of any situation and any act.
Photos and texts by Elie Monferier
Quotes from Agota Kristof, The Notebook
Project and design by Valentino Barachini
Copywriting by Matilde Vittoria Laricchia
English translation by Massimiliano Barachini
Handcrafted realisation by Origini edizioni
150 copies numbered and signed
63 pages, 52 photos, b/w and four colours
Papers: Magic Cream Favini 85 gr; Transwhite Thibierge & Comar 90 gr and 160 gr; Conqueror Laid Feather Arjowiggins 120 gr; Burano Favini Bordeaux 90 gr and 300 gr.
Closed book dimensions: 29,5 x 23 cm
Languages: French and English
The book is contained into an handmade bordeaux cardboard folder.
About the photographer:
Elie Monferier is a self-taught French photographer born in 1988. After a modern literature master's degree, he found in photography a way of experiencing the world and going beyond language, expressing the uncertainty, the desire and the violence on which all human relationships are built.