Corbeau.  Photographs by Anne Golaz. Texts by Antoine Jaccoud.
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Photographs by Anne Golaz. Texts by Antoine Jaccoud.
Mack, London, United Kingdom, 2017. In English. 156 pp., 9x11½".

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Part memoir, part fiction, Corbeau is a multi-layered narrative collage tracing life and death in the rural farm on which Swiss artist Anne Golaz grew up. Made over a twelve-year period and bridging three generations, the three-part book weaves together photographs, video stills and drawings, with texts by author, screenwriter and playwright Antoine Jaccoud. Jaccoud re-configures transcripts of conversations between family members to build this intricate story of stories into a dramaturgical work.

The protagonist of Corbeau is a young man seen in each chapter dutifully working on the farm. Gradually, however, his sense of duty appears to be instilled with doubt – one that infuses the entire book. Exploring themes of time, life, destiny and death, Corbeau – which takes its title from an enigmatic poem by Edgar Allan Poe – eludes a chronological order to picture a place in which the future is only reminiscent of the past. In the artist’s own words, the narrative construction exists ‘in a vacuum’, which tellingly offers a framework for both support and destruction. It is within such a circumscribed space that mixed feelings towards heritage arise.

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