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LA LIGNE / Alexandre Guirkinger & Tristan Garcia

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The bunker has always been an object of fascination; knowing only its shape or its threshold, we have to imagine the rest that lies beneath.
Symbolically, this also applies to the Maginot Line : although everyone has heard of it, not many can really describe it. Its name echoes like a receptacle for fantasies. The shapes of its bunkers match this symbolic dimension. Through his pictures, Alexandre Guirkinger wanted to share his fascination for this extraordinary relic of aged modernity. The chosen and photographed bunkers are those whose shape, position and contours give the picture something more than simply the material capturing of a boundary: a kind of science fiction landscape, a trace of land art, a modernist architecture, a contemporary geoglyph. The gap between the abundance of the relics of the line and its few contemporary representations offer an exciting playing-field for questioning our relationship to landscape, to the boundary, to the limit. This is the starting point of Tritan Garcia’s short story.
RVB BOOKS is an independent Parisian company that publishes books according to an original modus operandi, born thanks to the possibilities offered by Internet, and yet close to the Pre-Gutenbergian era of publishing. Matthieu and Rémi work on the assumption that each and every book, and in some cases, every model of every author should have its own form and format. Not a collection, but a living spirit which is not frozen into rigid forms.
Mathieu Charon and Rémi Faucheux both followed singular paths in the publishing industry before uniting their ideas and their know-how to create RVB BOOKS in 2011. Matthieu was at the origin of the collection Janvier Léo Scheer: monographs devoted to artistic photography, while Rémi directed the publishing project “Clinic” with Useful Photography.

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13 x 21,5 cm

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128 pages. Text in French. Soft cover. ISBN 979-10-90306-52-3