Talking about pictures: Bodyfiction

  • Date
  • 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Place
    Festival Centre

During the festival, every day artists or curators will present a Photo of the Day and reveal interesting facts about the picture and the photographic techniques involved. Daily 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., accompanied by an aperitif.

Today's picture review will be presented by Alix Marie as part of the exhibition Bodyfiction.

Alix Marie’s Maman (2019) features five images of the artist’s mother’s bust printed on a silky fabric. The printed fabrics are hung around a hollow, circular metal structure (measuring two metres in diameter); the piece invites visitors to step inside the circle, creating an intimate experience in the public space of the museum. The photographs are displayed inside the sculpture. On the outside, their silhouettes show through the thin silky fabric, letting viewers discern the images within. The work expands on Marie’s ongoing investigations on the topology of the female body as well as on photography’s potential for materiality and its historical relationship with textiles. Maman takes inspiration from a baldachin, a cloth canopy often draped over beds or a doorway to protect against the cold and, in the past, indiscreet peeking as the maids and servants would sleep in the same room. The piece also humorously sees the artist recreating her mother, alluding to a desire to be back inside her womb and receive maternal comfort so as to pacify a state of melancholy.

Talking about pictures: 22.03.2019, 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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