Cathédrales (artist’s book)

Cathédrales is an artist’s book based on a spread of the cathedral in Bourges from a book published in the 1950s by the ministry of tourism to promote spiritual architecture in France. Aëgerter photographed this image over 100 times to capture the shadow of the window in her studio as it gradually covered the reproduction until the cathedral vanished into darkness.

The meditative process and the slow passing of time is incorporated in physicality of the work; the size of the publication determines the pace to turn the pages, requiring a degree of concentration that confronts the reader with their own understanding of time.

Through her interaction with existing material such as encyclopedias, documentary photographs and art reproductions, Aëgerter intervenes in the perception of her subjects and challenges traditional structures of knowledge.

Order Cathédrales artist’s book (edition: 500 books, price: € 44, – excl. VAT + shipping cost; special edition with numbered and signed photograph edition: 50 books, price: 180 € + shipping cost)

Related projects:
Cathedrals at Sunset
Cathédrales hermétiques


Cathédrales (artist’s book)

248 pages, 21 x 26 cm

edition of 490 + 50 special editions (Signed and numbered. In black etui, provided with an insert of Cathédrale de Coutances in thermo ink.)

published by RVB Books

Cathédrales has been published due to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fonds

source: Cathédrales et Eglises de France, Ministère de Tourisme et Patrimoine de France, 1950


In the collection of The Archive of Modern Conflict, London (UK) and Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne (CH)

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Cathédrales, limited edition

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Cathédrale de Coutances, photograph wit thermo ink
out of sunlight

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Cathédrale de Coutances, silk screened photograph
the image reveals by sunlight


accelerated video animation showing how the image of the Cathédrale de Coutances reveals as sunshine passes over it.


original Cathédrales et églises de france

The original book: Cathédrales et églises de france