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Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’, photo book
© Emilie Muller

Overview

Category

Photography

 

Work

'Les cendres au fond du jardin', photo book

Essay

Ashes at the bottom of the garden

Emilie Muller receives the Swiss Design Award for the second time this year, having first won it in 2006. The photographer, who trained at ECAL, the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, lives and works in the city. Her works invariably incorporate elements of both reportage and fashion photography.
‘Les cendres au fond du jardin’ (‘Ashes at the bottom of the garden’), a book in two volumes, contains a number of photographs of people and objects close to her. The work is constructed on three pictorial levels that are linked together thematically: a reportage of a trip to Tunisia with her father; archive pictures of her family; and photographs of her own projects.
The title is a reference to a personal family experience: following the death of her grandparents, whose ashes were scattered in the garden in front of the family home, in 2006 Emilie Muller discovered numerous records and photographs from her family’s past while clearing the house.
She combined her own research, the archive material and reportage to create a work that operates on a number of different levels but is unified by the essential themes of memory, personal experience and coming to terms with her family’s past. For all its personal intimacy, Emilie Muller’s photographic work deals with universal topics that everyone who sees it will recognise from their own experience.
Martina Longo

Biography

Name

Emilie Muller

 

Born

1980

Education

Photographer

 

also in

2006