Loose Joints Studio

Loose Joints Publishing

Mohamed Bourouissa’s breakthrough series Périphérique critiqued stereotypical representations of those neglected by French society, using staging to engage with and parody media representations of the Parisian banlieues and their inhabitants.

Our design of this first full publication of the series revisits Bourouissa’s work and expands its context: an upright, administratively-coloured book nods to the vertical cités in which Bourouissa shot. Two newly-commissioned, bilingual texts bookend the main central series, presented entirely on gatefolds to highlight the classical compositional qualities of Bourouissa’s meticulously-planned images, as well as to layer his representations atop one another in a form of engaging visual dialogue. Périphérique begins and ends with two additional, unpublished sections on feather-light paper present previously unseen preparatory studies and out-takes.