Mathilde Rietsch – Glacier Memories
by Mathilde Rietsch
Glacier Memories is a publication that deals with the impact of melting glaciers on the Swiss landscape. It is based on the premise that the perception of our environment is the result of a subjective construction mixing experience, memory and narration. The book is based on the model of the four poles of landscape perception developed by Swiss professor Norman Backhaus and brings together a plurality of views on glaciers. It addresses in particular questions of memory, loss and mourning in relation to the landscape. Making visible what cannot be physically observed, it leads readers to question their relationship with the environment, as well as the legacy of past societies and the one bequeathed to future generations.