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Stéphan Crasneanscki - From Jean-Luc Godard’s Archive, What we leave behind

Stéphan Crasneanscki - From Jean-Luc Godard’s Archive, What we leave behind

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Signature / Lecture
18 octobre 2022
18h - 20h (Lecture à 19h)
En présence de Stéphan Crasneanscki et Patti Smith

Book Signing / Reading
October 18, 2022
6 PM - 8 PM (Reading at 7 PM)
In presence of Stéphan Crasneanscki and Patti Smith

We are pleased to invite you to the book signing of The Encounter and What We Leave Behind by Stéphan Crasneanscki. Patti Smith will read the essay The Reluctant Master, commemorating the late Jean-Luc Godard, at 7 p.m. — followed by the book signing.


Foreword by Patti Smith
Conversation with Abel Ferrara
Essay by Antoine de Baecque

Subsequent to a commissioned sound composition for Deutschlandradio, multidisciplinary artist Stéphan Crasneanscki (b. 1969, French) further examines his significant opus What We Leave Behind, on French film director Jean-Luc Godard’s archive, into book form. The book is divided into four comprehensive sections: boxes, collages, still lifes and notes.

When invited to explore the archive of the seminal film director, Crasneanscki photographed Godard’s personal collection of shot film, reel-to-reels and historical ephemera. The notes and references in the book attest to the passing of time, yet being saved from oblivion; as a fragmented creative map of a master film director’s artistic thought process. In addition to working with someone’s personal belongings and its cultural heritage, Crasneanscki also adds his own interpretation and admiration to the material’s constellation of ideas of identity, traceability, temporality, space, memory, existence, materiality and historicity.

The book contains a foreword by musician, author and poet Patti Smith (b. 1946, American), a conversation with filmmaker Abel Ferrara (b. 1951, American) and an essay written by film critic, historian and editor Antoine de Baecque (b. 1962, French).

First edition of 1,000 copies
20 x 26 cm
216 pages
177 color plates
Offset printed softcover with typography on front cover and spine in black foil
Linen thread bound
ISBN 978–91–88113–45–0
Published in 2021

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