ABOUT THE BOOK
This debut monograph from award-winning photographer Maroesjka Lavigne includes four of the artist’s series: Island, Not Seeing is a Flower, Land of Nothingness, and Lost Lands. Each of these series spans several years in the making, in which the artist traveled extensively around the world—including time spent in Argentina, Iceland, Japan, and Namibia, among others—observing landscapes and their inhabitants. Lavigne’s subjects range from stark landscapes to spare, haunting portraits and unforgettable animal images; she produces stunningly beautiful images that are tenderly attuned to their settings and subjects. As the photographer puts it: “When you take a picture in a beautiful place, you have to realize that nature isn’t the background for your photograph. Rather, you are its prop.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Belgian photographer Maroesjka Lavigne (born 1989) gained her Masters in Photography at Ghent University in the summer of 2012. Her work has been shown internationally at the Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam, Robert Mann Gallery in New York, Galerie Hug in Paris, and Museum Saint Guislain in Ghent, Belgium, among others. She was selected for the Talent Call at Fotomuseum Amsterdam (FOAM) Netherlands 2012, and was the winner of the Emerging Talent competition of Lensculture in 2014 with the series You are More than Beautiful. In 2015 she won the Harry Penningsprijs in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and in 2016 she won first place in the Landscape Category at the Sony World Photography Awards. She currently lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Campany is a curator and writer, who teaches at the University of Westminster, London. Renowned for his engaging and rigorous writing, exhibitions, and public speaking, Campany has worked worldwide with institutions including MoMA New York, Tate, Whitechapel Gallery London, Centre Pompidou, Le Bal Paris, Stedelijk Museum, The Photographer’s Gallery London, ParisPhoto, PhotoLondon, The National Portrait Gallery London, Aperture, Steidl, MIT Press, Thames & Hudson, MACK, and Frieze. His many books include So Present, So Invisible – conversations on photography (2018), A Handful of Dust (2015), The Open Road: photography and the American road trip (2014), Walker Evans: the magazine work (2014), Gasoline (2013), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2010), Photography and Cinema (2008) and Art and Photography (2003). He has written over two hundred essays for monographs and museums. He contributes to Frieze, Aperture, Source, and Tate magazines. For his writing, he has received the ICP Infinity Award, the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, the Alice Award, a Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and the Royal Photographic Society award.