Maria Lax: Some Kind of Heavenly Fire

Photographs and texts: Maria Lax
Languages: English
Graphic Design: Jan Hillman
Publisher: Setanta Books
Published: February 2020
Pages: 84
Edition: 750 kpl
ISBN: 978-0956220530

Year: 2020
Dimensions: 20 x 16 cm (K x L)

Location: Photographic Gallery Hippolyte (Yrjönkatu 8-10, 00120 Helsinki)

Maria Lax’s small, compact book takes readers to regions succumbed to UFO fever in Northern Finland in the 1960s. Lax’s poetic journey to a truly peculiar historical moment begins with her lost grandfather’s scrapbook and notes. The willingness to believe in extra-terrestrials exist in parallel with the fears generated by the structural changes in agricultural life of the time. The book skillfully combines different materials – mysterious night imagery, old family album photos, scraps held together by tape – to create a concise and visually compellind world outside of everyday experiences.

Some Kind of Heavenly Fire is a Photobook Award 2020 finalist.


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