Lâmo Lâva
Melanie Matthieu

Lâmo Lâva (old French patois for “Up there, down there”) revolves around a journey undertaken by Zürich-based visual artist Melanie Matthieu to the pilgrimage site of Our Lady of La Salette in the French Alps, where an apparition is said to have occurred in 1846.

122 pages | 20,5 x 29,2 cm | Paperback (hand bound)
ISBN: 9789081531489 | ENG

Photography and research: Melanie Matthieu
Project collaborator: Scott Rogers
Text and editing: Melanie Matthieu and Scott Rogers
Graphic design: Esther Krop

First edition: 300 numbered copies with a riso print.
The first 50 copies are signed by Melanie Matthieu and contain an original silkscreen print instead of a riso print (see: special editions).

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Lâmo Lâva (old French patois for “Up there, down there”) revolves around a journey undertaken by Zürich-based visual artist Melanie Matthieu to the pilgrimage site of Our Lady of La Salette in the French Alps, where an apparition is said to have occurred in 1846. The book consists of a photographic as well as a text-based section, each of which is distinctly bound into a hand-folded cover.

The captivating analogue black and white photographs in the first part of the book meander between bodies and landscapes, between an outside and an inside. In the second part, a myriad of parallel events, asides and analogies are unfolded. This textual section features an interplay of voices, including Léon Bloy, Camille Claudel, Roger Callois and Julia Kristeva creating a form of unconscious theatre.

Lâmo Lâva is a labyrinth of evocative textual fragments and visual associations drawn from historical, biographical and narrative coincidences, in which the reader is allured along the trails of elliptical echoes, runes and slippages. Every book in this numbered first edition contains a riso print produced by the artist.

Goutêz, âmes ferventes!

Dimensions 29.2 × 20.5 × 10 cm

About the author

Melanie Matthieu (1989) was born in Aalst, BE. She studied Visual Arts at the St. Lukas University of Arts & Design in Brussels, BE. In 2010 she won the Photo Academy Award. From 2011-2014 she studied Fine Arts at the HFBK Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, DE under Prof. Willem de Rooij.

Currently she works and lives in Zürich, CH.