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Arcana 2 is the second volume of a series of books designed to mount an archive of the present through a collection of emblematic documents of the twenty-first century, culled from the media, advertising, and the Internet. Based on the Nordic myth of Odin, this volume investigates the contemporary representation of the male body.

Arcana 2
Virgil Vernier

Published in April 2017
Printed in France
300 copies
21 × 29,7 cm, 8.3 × 11.7 in, 136 pages
ISBN : 978-2-918685-13-5
Price: €20 + shipping costs

Editors: Raphaele Godin, Manon Lutanie
Editorial assistant: Valentin Koutelis
Design: Manon Lutanie and Virgil Vernier


Virgil Vernier is a French actor and director born in 1976. In 2001, he directed his first film, Karine. His short and medium-length films have been shown at numerous international festivals, including Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes), ACID (Cannes), FID Marseille, Locarno, IndieLisboa, Cinéma du réel (Paris), and Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal). His film Pandore received the CNC Quality Award in 2011 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Césars for Best Short Film. His short film Sapphire Crystal (2019) won the grand prize at the Côté Court Festival and competed for the 2021 Césars for Best Short Film. After making four feature-length documentaries, Vernier directed his first feature-length fiction film, Mercuriales (Kazak Productions), selected at the Cannes Film Festival (ACID) in 2014. In 2018, his feature Sophia Antipolis (Kazak Productions) had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, before being selected for various international festivals, including Berlin, Hong Kong, Taipei, New York, Rotterdam, Vienna, and San Sebastián. As an actor, Vernier appeared in Justine Triet’s La Bataille de Solférino (2013), Rebecca Zlotowski’s Planetarium (2016), Pascal Bonitzer’s Tout de suite maintenant (2016) and Maïwenn’s Polisse (2011). He lives and works in Paris.