With the Norwegian Wood series, photographer France Dubois invites us into fragile territory. A body with a diaphanous skin, standing out against a black background, echoes the nocturnal landscapes of an unknown forest. In this universe in chiaroscuro, the artist summons the mysterious powers of nature, as a remedy for the invisible evils of our lives.
The spectator walks through these northern landscapes in the manner of a lost traveler. Under his feet, branches are squeaking, in the air pale lights are dancing, ghosts or spirits.
Does this body, which seems to be struggling to ward off an unknown evil, suffer from sadness, pain or melancholy? Little by little, his consciousness is modified, the body perceives what his eyes would not have been able to discern the moment before. This tree then allows to catch sight of reflections between its shadows, indicating the way to another world.
The body is extracted from its reality to slide into another dimension, whose door is at the heart of these landscapes. The antlers of a stag, held by firm hands, become a talisman, and this passage, an initiatory rite allowing access to a new knowledge of oneself.
By capturing those moments during which the boundaries between the physical and spiritual world fade, France Dubois invites the viwer to a mysterious and refreshing ceremony. She suggests, through the vulnerability of our bodies, the immense force of introspection and artistic creation.
France Dubois – Norwegian Wood
Exhibition from March 9th to 30th
K 41 – NordiKeye Project
Rue Keyenveld, 41 – 1050 Brussels