Until February 18, the Galerie Chantal Bamberger in Strasbourg is presenting a collective exhibition entitled: White! White is a color.
Our collaborator, Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret, has chosen to show you the work of Véronique Sablery accompanied by this text.
The white work of Véronique Sablery
In this multi-medium and collective exhibition, alongside and among others the drawings of Titus-Carmel and the statuary of Jan Voss, the photographs of Véronique Sablery impose their power of presence and erasure where white approaches the English “blank “.
At the edge of the ellipse arise other traces or other phantoms. The figures blurred by and in white emerge in a visual poetry even humor. But we are far from sardonic laughter. (NB: Sardonic: those who ate the grass which grew on this island, Sardinia, were seized with violent laughter which led them to die).
Along the curves, stifled desires come to life as if Véronique Sablery wanted to revive the past, to pierce the skin of the unconscious so that it empties itself of its miasma. Or if you prefer: to bury but also to let the emotion emerge.
At the bedside of the image, the white, instead of folding it up, confronts it with silence and affixes what unfolds by gathering what remains of the body not totally delimiting the zone within the diaphaneity.
Sometimes a bird on the spit finds its rightful place, before being swallowed. It is as if we were returning to where we were and from which we have never returned. An unknown opens up where angles are ignored in an arid place that spits out rare signs on a threshold where a few “readable” instructions remain.
In short, the photograph does not give up the ghost but just offers a few clues where the place is the body. But it is already like on the other side, where today’s mauve hours rot with nostalgia.
Blanc! Le blanc est une couleur
from January 14 to February 18, 2023
Galerie Chantal Bamberger
16 Rue du 22 Novembre
67000 Strasbourg, France