Sandrine Elberg presents her second self-published photobook dedicated to her photographic work composed of stellar images that she has been taken for several years during these trips or experiments in her studio's darkroom.
After her first photobook Cosmic, Sandrine Elberg unveils M.O.O.N (Mysterious Orbital Object Non-Identified) a book of 224 pages. Does the artist invite us to space travel and the discovery of a new Moon, a new scientific discovery or pure imagination of the artist?
Sandrine Elberg's books are unique and unclassifiable objects: a journey into the Cosmos, appealing to our collective imagination as well as daydreaming. Through M.O.O.N, the artist wished to dedicate to Valentina Terechkova, the first woman in Space. The book also marks the fifty years of man's first step on the Moon on July 21, 1969.
"Any way to get to the Moon is good, a high-tech shuttle or fiction, transport science or the imagination. Sandrine Elberg loves the stars, the conjunction of the infinitely large and the infinitely small, the atoms that make up her being; a small planet in search of her cosmic origins.
For her the Moon is not the final destination, it is a base to explore, on the surface but also into the depths of the planet. In her luggage, since time has been reversed, are some Jules Verne books and bits of film from A Trip to the Moon.
M.O.O.N is the interior of a book traversing its boundaries, a research module made of dream crystals and stardust, walls of stalactites and cracked icebergs, anthropomorphic rocks and collapsed temples."
— Fabien Ribery
Photographs by Sandrine Elberg
Graphic Design by Nicolas Turki Duchesnay
Concept and art director by Sandrine Elberg & Nicolas Turki Duchesnay
Text by Fabien Ribery
Translation in English by Kaleigh Johnson
Self Published, 2019
Printed in Belgium
170 x 240 mm
Edition of 500 copies, 40 collectors editions
Offset monochrome UV. Two types of paper and a unique page with silver ink made by the artist.
M.O.O.N. / Sandrine Elberg
Born in Versailles, France. Lives & works everywhere in the Universe.
Photographer and visual artist ; graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2003 and Sorbonne in 1997. Her attraction to distant journeys invites us to lead projects inspired by the stories of Jules Verne and Georges Méliès. Also, the artist is inspired in search of territories, hostile climates to create lunar photographs from our collective imagination. When she is not traveling, she stays in the darkroom of her art studio to make light and chemical experiments. Influenced by the surrealist artists, she declines the photographic medium to technical and aesthetic possibilities.
Sandrine Elberg has participated in more than sixty exhibitions in France, Europe and others countries..