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Yann Mingard
Hatje Cantz

Texts by Nathalie Herschdorfer, Phillip Prodger, graphic design by Fulguro, Patrick Schranz

2012. 96 pp., 33 color ills.
30.10 x 24.60 cm
ISBN 978-3-7757-3315-1

A photographic portrait of the fragile beauty of the forest.

The past two centuries of industrialization and urbanization have had an incisive impact on nature. Europe’s forests, once wilderness, have become civilized, cultivated landscapes. No one is more familiar with the creeping changes in nature than artist Yann Mingard (*1973 in Switzerland). Trained as a horticulturist, his photographs take viewers into the underbrush, where the forest betrays its most intimate spots, so to speak. Neither tourists, joggers, hunters, nor even forest rangers make their way here. Here, Flora shows her withered grass, dark earth, and bits of fur or skin that still seem to harbor the warmth of a frightened animal. All of becomes visible thanks to the long exposure time of the photographs, taken at twilight. Only here and there do colors shine tenuously through the darkness of the horizonless pictures.

About the Artist:
Yann Mingard (born 1973) is a Swiss photographer, who worked as a horticulturist-gardener before he studied photography at the Universities of Geneva and Vevey. Over the past ten years Mingard has worked predominantly on long-term projects that explore the politics of modern identity formation as contained in human interactions with nature and the built environment. His long-term projects include Deposit, a project documenting the way we as humanity collect and store human and biological samples.
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About the Publisher:
Hatje Cantz publisher are committed to this motto more than ever – with our accustomed high quality we remain faithful to the standards set by Gerd Hatje: premium books that are produced in close collaboration with artists and curators. Our profile has always been shaped by tradition and avant-garde from all over the world. We present our program  in a bilingual preview catalogue, in which masters of the twentieth century such as Paul Klee, Paul Gauguin, and Eva Hesse meet contemporary artists such as Michael Borremans, Gerhard Richter, and Filip Dujardin.
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