Thomas Mailaender: Cathedral Cars

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“Cathedral cars” is a generic term invented by dockers at the port of Marseilles to designate the vehicles that cross over the Mediterranean from Marseilles to North Africa by ship. Thomas Mailaender pays tribute to these “cathedral cars” that can be considered as human feats, visually defying the laws of gravity and tied-up dreams.
The photographer has made portraits of these cars seen from behind or from the profile, taking the background away in order to isolate them in the frame. Evoking popular art and sculpture, these cars also speak of the voyage to come, and deal with the passage from one territory to another, exodus and migration.

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Beschrijving

Constructed as a large-sized picture book, Cathedral Cars borrows the attributes of children’s books: thick cardboard paper, shiny coated film. A choice that creates a distance from the reality of context in order to present the subject itself as a game of construction.
Marc Augé’s text, “Elsewhere, Hereabouts” as well as a collection of “found images” by the artist, are printed on a 12-page booklet, fitted into the thickness of the book cover.

Cover either green/red or blue/red

Extra informatie

title

Cathedral Cars

photographer

Thomas Mailaender

text

Marc Augé

design

Thomas Mailaender

publisher

RVB Books

ISBN

9791090306035

year

2012

binding

hard cover

size

38×30

pages

12 pages leaflet

illustrations

12

language

engels

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