On 7 January 2019, Mendia Echeverria entered the Bois de Vincennes in Paris for the first time, accompanied by a map, a camera and a plan. Her goal, to unravel the mysteries surrounding Le Grand Rocher, a 65-metre high hollow artificial rock built in 1934 in the middle of the park. Four months later, Mendia came out with this collection of images, a cartography of that time and place.
This book is the result of a theoretical and visual reflection on the photographic construction of memory; an artistic investigation that allows us to obtain a trace, both past and present, of the place photographed. The author introduces us to a world where the natural and the artificial coexist in a paradoxical way, proposing a journey through space and time, and generating a physical map in which the real - the forest - and the simulacrum - the rock - form an inseparable whole, a reflection of the contemporary world.
First edition: 300 copies
Photographs: Mendia Echeverria
Texts: Esteban Andueza, Juan Jesús Torres and Mendia Echeverria (all texts in English, French, Spanish and Vasc)
Edition: Alex Llovet and Josep Maria de Llobet
Prepress: Eduardo Nave
22 x 26,5 cm
Printed at Agpograf
Hardcover with three-level dry-embossed binding
59 black and white images
Publication date: Septembre 2021