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38 illustrations, picture and text sheet, knot thread stitching, in plastic bag

Publisher Note

“Pour les Oiseaux” is a remarkable artist’s book: Petra Elena Köhle and Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin have collected stories and combined them with photographs from various archives to create a reading and picture book.
The texts deal with important events in the lives of the respective narrators. Like photographs in a family album, they stand for past moments, telling of lost times in a poetic way and trying to reconstruct the past bit by bit. Sometimes the events seem oddly familiar to us as readers, but sometimes the stories take place in distant, strange worlds.
Petra says: These stories tell of the melancholy we feel when we look at our parents’ wedding album. And Nicolas states: Basically, it’s always about death. This collection is about the search for the long way back to paradise.
With great melancholy, the publication attempts to recapture a past world, or as the authors say: The project is an attempt to make friends with the passing of time.

Release Place Zurich, Switzerland
Release Date 2005
Printrun 500
ISBN-13: 978-3-906086-86-6
Format softcover
Dimensions 18.5 × 25.5 cm
Pages 48
Technique Offset Printing