Through Katrien De Blauwer’s collages and their short circuit effect in our ways of seeing, the book intends to explore and deepen the concept of void and its visibility, proposing a work that’s situated at the border of different artistic disciplines, from photography to cinema to performance and to painting.
Photographer without a camera, KDB collects and reuses pictures and supports from old magazines and papers, engaging them in a vision that occurs directly in the hand, becoming thereby more physical and tactile.
KDB gives new meaning and life to what is residual, saving the images from destruction and including them in a new narration that combines intimacy and anonymity. Hers is therefore a work about memory, although never by a process of accumulation but by way of subtraction.
KDB’s work calls to mind the techniques of photomontage or film editing, using the cut as border or frame that determines what is visible and essential. Keeping in mind the collages’ highly cinematographic content, the book takes therefore inspiration from Michelangelo Antonioni’s filmic sensitivity, along with a few suggestions from the arts, that share his pure, geometric and linear vision.
(© AVARIE and Giuliana Prucca)