OUT OF THE BLUE – Virginie Rebetez


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Texts by Frédérique Destribats, Simon Karlstetter & Elisa Rusca
Book published by Meta/Books, Amsterdam 2016
Editor Delphine Bedel
Design Chi-Long Trieu
Hardcover, 21×28 cm, 144 p
With a 28 p booklet & 1 folded poster
Four-color process, clothbound hardback,
ISBN 978-90-821182-2-3
English        EUR   45.-  


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Suzanne Gloria Lyall, missing since March 2 1998 in Albany (NY), at the age of 19 –
Out of the Blue is a conceptual work with a tragic underlying narrative — the disappearance of the teenager. The project tends to question our relationship towards absence and loss and the need of physicality in the process of acceptance and closure. The book combines materials from different sources, such as family archives, reproductions of police and psychic files as well as photographs by Virginie Rebetez. This two year project is also a reflection on the medium of photography. The status of each image is constantly shifting, offering new meaning and context to this open case. Through the work, Suzanne is never clearly shown. The only clear portraits of her are the three “aged-progressed composites” made by a forensic artist Virginie commissioned, which show Suzanne’s possible features at the age of 37 (2015).

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