Piero Steinle & Julian Rosefeldt: Paris. Les cathedrales inconnues. Espaces vides dans l`ombre de la ville. Texts by Michel Butor, Henri-Pierre Jeudy, Jacques Le Goff, Alain Mons & Francois Seguret. Artegrafica, Verona, Italy, 1997. 96 pages. Oblong folio (19 x 9 in./23 x 49 cm.). Hardbound. No jacket as issued. Photo-illustrated boards. Black-and-white reproductions.
"Fumbling my way down a dark, winding tunnel, I wander into a large room and descend onto a low stool, to stare at a huge, semi-cylindrical screen. A gigantic warehouse looms before me - an enormous skylight, thick steel rafters, brick walls, a concrete floor scattered with crumpled newspaper, discarded magazines, supermarket coupons, TV listings, out-of-date train schedules, ads for a phone-sex hotline. In the background, I hear the muffled sound of distant traffic.
Far from your typical, postcard-perfect snapshot of Paris, this projected panoramic image of a paper-recycling factory is just one of some 80 photographs forming the installation ‘Paris: The Unknown Cathedrals’. Taken by a pair of architect-trained German artists, Julian Rosefeldt and Piero Steinle, [Paris: The Unknown Cathedrals] explores the hidden, unknown spaces in the underbelly of France’s glamorous capital. The show flips on its head the city’s identity as the elegant, baroque capital of art and fashion, replacing its landmarks - Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre - with vacant attics, unused warehouses, old factories, neglected reservoirs, parking lots and incinerators......This project to expose the City of Light’s dark side is both mesmerising and off-putting. These places have the grandeur and unreality of Piranesi drawings. Behind Paris’ elegant facades, Rosefeldt and Steinle have found gigantic, empty, silent spaces that, while in the heart of the crowded city, remain inaccessible and escape our perception. Like proud final witnesses of the industrial revolution’s new steel constructions, many of these spaces have become obsolete, ignored, forgotten. Abandoned like dinosaurs, awaiting demolition, they become hollow phantoms in a deserted, unknown city. Paris: The Unknown Cathedrals’ reveals the presence of absence"--Laurie Attias, Frieze Magazine, Issue 38 January-February 1998
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