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As Handsome as the Chance Encounter - Exhibition book

Exhibition book of As Handsome as the Chance Encounter

Fashion and art meet in the exhibition As Handsome as the Chance Encounter at RAM Galleri in Oslo from February to April 2020, which was curated by Johanna Zanon. The exhibition is inspired by the poem Les Chants de Maldoror (Maldorors sanger in Norwegian), written by the Comte de Lautréamont in 1869. The exhibition catalogue presents several essays dedicated to the exhibition themes.


Table of content:

-‘Foreword,’ by Joakim Borda-Pedreira, director of RAM galleri.

-‘As Handsome as a Comparison,’ by Johanna Zanon.

-‘Undressing Les Chants de Maldoror: from the rags of the Creator to the Riches of Mervyn,’ by Johanna Zanon.

-Les Chants de Maldoror (excerpts), by Comte de Lautréamont.

-‘In the Footsteps of Maldoror and Mervyn in Paris, 1869’.

-‘A Material Re-enactment of the Sixth Canto in the 21st Century,’ by Johanna Zanon.

-Biographies of the participants: Clinique Vestimentaire, Coralie Marabelle, Mansour Martin, Jara Marken, Grégoire Motte, Steffen André Nilsen, Proêmes de Paris, and Pia Antonsen Rognes.


Texts in English.

Graphic design by Élise Martinet.

The exhibition catalogue was supported by the Institut Français de Norvège.

Link to the exhibition book

See a review of the exhibition book in Cahiers Lautréamont (in French).

Read more on the exhibition.

See the exhibition's digital tour.

See a review of the exhibition in Kunstavisen (in Norwegian).

See the vernissage on February 27.

See the curator's guided tour on February 29.

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