Tools of Disobedience.

Photographs by Melanie Veuillet.
Patrick Frey Editions, Z├╝rich, Switzerland, 2017. In English. 172 pp., 280 color illustrations, 10x13".



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Tools of Disobedience presents 185 photographs shot by Swiss photographer Mlanie Veuillet (b. 1989) in 2014 at prisons in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. This monograph depicts items that the inmates secretly made in their cells using the crudest of tools and materialsand which were subsequently confiscated. The makeshift objects are often functional replicas of objects in daily use outside the prison walls. The available materials were altered, combined and repurposed, thereby subverting their original function to become something new, endowed with new properties. The objects often look simpler and more essential than their normal counterparts; while often quite different in appearance, they are always functional. Photographed on location by Veuillet in a formal, archival style under neutral artificial lighting, they look like industrial products photographed for advertising purposes. In their hybrid nature, these objects form a sort of page-by-page visual lexicon of the peculiar and yet familiar, the profound and the


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