An exciting announcement: Clémentine Mélois and Jan Baetens are working on a new volume entitled "Le Roman-Photo", which will be published in 2018 by La petite Bédéthèque des Savoirs.
Clémentine Mélois is a French visual artist. She has been a member of the Oulipo since June 2017. She studied at the École des beaux-arts de Paris with Michel Salsmann and Christian Boltanski ans is specialized in printed material, especially in artist book. Her work combines pop culture and classical culture, web culture and history of art, playing with photography and publishing codes. She also works for magazines such as Le Tigre, Fluide Glacial, Le Courage, Mon Lapin Quotidien and the web-magazine Vents contraires.
Jan Baetens is professor of cultural and literary studies at the University of Leuven. For more bibliographical details, please check out the 'Partners' page of our website.
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