Chartres

Maybe the most notable thing about Chartres is the 13th century gothic cathedral or maybe it’s the citybooks, we’ll leave that up to you to decide! Visit the capital of stained-glass by reading the stories of the internationally acclaimed authors that snooped around in this remarkable city.

Goce Smilevski

Goce Smilevski

The Cathedral and the Circus

КАТЕДРАЛАТА И ЦИРКУСОТ

Chris Van Camp

Chris Van Camp

32, Rue aux Juifs. A dialogue

32, Rue aux Juifs. Een tweespraak.

Jeroen van Rooij

Jeroen van Rooij

Labyrinths

Labyrinten

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Maybe the most notable thing about Chartres is the 13th century gothic cathedral or maybe it’s the citybooks, I’ll leave that up to you to decide. Apart from the cathedral and its citybooks, Chartres has much more craftsmanship to offer. Chartres has its own fragrance, named Autrica – after Autricum, the original Latin name of the city – and on top of that can be regarded as the capital of stained-glass.

The writers residing in Chartres were the Flemish authors Bart Van Loo and Chris Van Camp, along with the young Dutchman Jeroen van Rooij. Two writers originating from other citybooks cities were also part of this cross-over edition. Marcin Wroński, who lives and works in the Polish city of Lublin and Goce Smilevski, who also wrote a citybook about his birthplace Skopje, took part as well.

Photographer Lea Titz from Austria provided images for citybooks Graz and created a new series of 24 photos for the citybooks edition in Chartres. The Italian-Brussels cinemathographer Maria Tarantino shot the City One Minutes in close collaboration with Franck Perrot, director and teacher at the Chartres Lyceum, who was one of the video artists in Graz. They involved the students Claire Jardon and Hassanein Al Zubaidi in the project, for whom the City One Minutes was part of their graduation project.

The official partner for this citybooks edition is the city council of Chartres, in this case the department of Culture. A public programme was organised around each participant of citybooks Chartres in ‘Médiathèque l’Apostrophe’, situated in the Chartres Public Library, a monumental art nouveau building not far from the cathedral.

 

 

  • From 15.01 > 24.02.2013 the citybooksphotos from Graz, Chartres and Venice were exhibited in the ORF Funkhausgallery in Graz. With photos by Lea Titz and Andrea Galiazzo. Read more ...

 

Thierry Plantegenet and Patrick Géroudet explain more about the project.
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Interview with photographer Lea Titz in Chartres.

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Goce Smilevski talks about how he works and about his residency in Chartres.
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Interview with Chris van Camp in Chartres:

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Interview with Bart van Loo in Chartres:

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