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Olivier G. Fatton Coco
Text by Dunia Miralles.
published in March 2019
bilingual edition (English / French)
19 x 25 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
264 pages (134 ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-906803-81-4
EAN: 9783906803814
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A series of portraits of performance artist, avowed transsexual anarchist with no place to call home, macho woman, fashion model for Marianne Alvoni, target for the Swiss tabloid: Eve-Claudine Lorétan, alias Coco.
Olivier Fatton met Coco on a Sunday in November 1989. The photographer was mesmerized at first sight by “this bright and yet sorrowful angel". Over coffee in a Bern gay bar, they made a deal: Coco would pose for him and Fatton would document her sex reassignment surgery. Their working relationship soon became a love affair, during which Fatton continued putting together his multi-faceted photo essay on colorful Coco, a mosaic of intimate portraits and staged fashion shots, at home and in clubs, on the road, in the Alps—images haunted by those large melancholy eyes, which Coco once said had become her second mouth. Coco's thousand-page autobiography was stolen by thieves, leaving those eyes to tell the sorrows of a 20th-century Dame aux Camélias.
Dunia Miralles sees Coco as just such a literary figure of the demi-monde. In her biographically-based novelette, which accompanies Olivier Fatton's photographs, Miralles recounts the sorrows of young Coco.
Olivier Georges Fatton (born 1957) is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraiture. Fatton's works are included in some major Swiss collections and have won him several grants and awards.