Valérie Favre.
Selbstmord. Suicide


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n.b.k. Exhibitions Vol. 15 – Valérie Favre. Selbstmord. Suicide

Edited by Marius Babias

200 pages, illustrations (mostly in color), soft cover, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2014, ISBN 978-3-86335-321-6


For more than ten years, Valérie Favre has dealt with suicide as a subject in painting. As a result she has created more than one hundred small-format paintings, less illustrating death rather than exploring it visually as a social taboo. Favre draws on famous as well as fictional deaths of the past and present. With her paintings, abstaining from striking red, she creates a space of border crossing between life and death. For the first time, the series Selbstmord (2003-2013, oil on canvas, each 24 × 18 cm) is reproduced in its entirety in this publication, complemented with an extensive essay by Elizabeth Bronfen, internationally renowned cultural scientist of feminist studies.

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition
Valérie Favre. Selbstmord. Suicide.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.