Stéphan Crasneanscki: What We Leave Behind

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Subsequent to a commissioned sound composition, multidisciplinary artist Stéphan Crasneanscki 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.


Title: What We Leave Behind
Publisher: Libraryman, 2020
Author: Stéphan Crasneanscki, Jean-Luc Godard, Patti Smith, Abel Ferrara, Antoine de Baecque
Photographer: Stéphan Crasneanscki
Graphic Design: Tony Cederteg
Format: Hardcover
Size: 26 x 20 cm, 216 pages
ISBN: 9789188113450
Edition: 1000 copies



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