Mother's Milk - Marie Ilse Bourlanges

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Mother’s Milk (re)constructs the story of Ilse, the author’s grandmother. Alienated in the psychiatric hospital of La Timone, in Marseille, Ilse resided there from 1952 until her death in 1983. Bringing together archival material, correspondences and conversations narrated via documentary poetry, Marie Ilse Bourlanges assembles the fragments of a family history hiding in plain sight.

An undertow of embodied memory meets the flow of institutional remembrance, drawing parallels between the discarded material of archives and the necessary mechanisms of physiological forgetting. Mother’s Milk offers an intimate journey into madness, intergenerational trauma transmission and the role of artistic research in imagining a possibility of healing.

The book design results from the use of two complementary bipolar colours, arranged in a visual language reminiscent of the hospital's tiles, of Ilse's condition and of shredded medical archives. | @alix.chauvet
Size: 15,5 x 24 cm
Designer: Alix Chauvet
Edition: 400
Editor: Marta Pagliuca Pelacani
Binding: Hardcover thread sewn binding
Printing: G-print, Offset duotone with metallic and mat ink
Pages: 348
Place: Amsterdam, NL
Year: 2023
Publisher: Jap Sam Books
Printer: Robstolk Amsterdam