Half-buried, half hidden, the woman who appears in the joint work of France Dubois and Tamar Kasparian questions and upsets. For this exhibition, they have invented a new language, hybrid and poetic, composing paintings in which photography and drawing merge to shape a new material, both mineral and vegetable. You can almost hear the sound of the leaves crunching on the ground, the rock cracking, the bark crumbling, the nature becomes the protective envelope that offers this woman that we can perceive, a cocoon to grow, to moult, to scream, to suffer or to be reborn.
The superimposition of photographic paper and washi, a traditional Japanese paper, offers the viewer what randomness wants to reveal. If the line and the eye of France and Tamar guide the frame of this face and this body, the woman who watches underneath comes alive by herself, we perceive the intact power despite the strokes and streaks. She immerses herself in order to regenerate herself better, and under the chrysalis that the two artists weave, she reveals the extent of her richness and complexity.
The meeting of the two mediums, drawing and photography, looks like a pas de deux, a wild and ancestral choreography in which we are invited to dive. But dont be mistaken, the fragmented woman we perceive, will keep her mystery, only revealing herself if necessary. Between modesty and raw flesh, the works that make up this unprecedented exhibition recall the sketches of anatomy textbooks: layer upon layer, the body reveals its multiple stratums. Here, it is all the successive layers of life that we observe, like so many indiscreet voyeurs, not knowing if the unveiled woman is alive or just asleep. She will keep her vital breath for herself, shared with the sensitivity of France Dubois and Tamar Kasparian, who offer here a mystical immersion in the strangeness of our lives.
Text by Marie Lemeland
France Dubois and Tamar Kasparian – Anatomia
From October 3rd to 20th
Chapelle de Boondael
10, square du Vieux-Tilleul