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Malleus Maleficarum by Virginie Rebetez

Virginie Rebetez, Texts by Elisa Rusca & Olga Yatskevich, Ed. by Delphine Bedel

ISBN 978-90-821182-5-4


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Virginie Rebetez takes on a photographic investigation of mediums and healers, common in the catholic region of Fribourg and well rooted in the culture, learning about their identity and practice, as she places them in a broader historical context of witch hunting.

"Malleus Maleficarum is perhaps Rebetez's most ambitious and daring effort to explore the space between visible and invisible, to reimagine and reconsider the story in a fresh way. The past is brought in through the figure of Claude Bergier who was accused of witchcrafting and burnt at the stake in 1628, in Fribourg. Rebetez brings back Bergier by inquiring mediums about him, building then bridges between people and locations, separated by time and space. Malleus Maleficarum is unexpectedly personal and intimate book, reflecting on life and embracing the unknown, and at once boldly pushing the abilities of photographic language to represent the reality and beyond." Olga Yatskevich

Texts by Elisa Rusca & Olga Yatskevich
Editor Delphine Bedel
Design Chi-Long Trieu
152 pages, 21x28 cm
French / English / German
Four-color process, clothbound hardback
Published by BCU Fribourg & Meta/Books, Amsterdam
Edition 09/2017


Virginie Rebetez Winner of the 11th Enquête Photographique Fribourgeoise 2017

“Malleus Maleficarum” Virginie Rebetez Laureate of the Swiss Design Awards 2018

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