(Zus) limited edition

(Zus) limited edition


Artist: Benoît Fougeirol
Author: Jean-Christophe Bailly
Designer: Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié

Edition of 20 + 4 APs
24 × 30.5 × 2.1 cm (9½ × 12 × ⅞ in.)
Collections: The limited edition of (Zus) is in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Bibliothèque d’Art et d’Archéologie, Genève.

In (Zus), a visual essay by the French photographer Benoît Fougeirol, views of and views from eleven of the “Zones urbaines sensibles” (Sensitive Urban Zones) on the peripheries of Paris reveal harsh paradoxes of modern society. These poor, marginal districts were defined by administrative boundaries in response to the “emergence of a social problem.” Through the synecdoche of architecture—its materials, patterns, and surfaces—Fougeirol presents the stubborn vitality and dereliction of the ZUS, and the failures of collective imagination that they represent. (Zus) documents each territory with an inventory comprising photographs, graphic representations, and toponyms, none of which alone can account for a totality. The book’s cumulative structure raises questions about the tools of representation and the nature of individual perspective.

In this limited edition of unbound artist’s proofs, the booklets can be laid out open side by side; thus the geographical area is rendered anew, within the printed space. A text by the author, poet, and playwright Jean-Christophe Bailly reflects on the broader significance and lived experience of the ZUS, following a lyrical thread through inhospitable spaces. The edition comprises one subfolder containing a map (61 x 93 cm [36 x 24 in.], unfolded), two 4-page sheets with Bailly’s text in French and English, and 11 unbound booklets representing each zone (352 pages total). The booklets contain 11 aerial black-and-white photographs; 11 IGN (National Geographic Institute) map details printed in black and white, and 199 color photographs. 

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