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Katrien de Blauwer: Isabelle at 24… Isabelle at 42…


Who is this woman who the Belgian artist Katrien de Blauwer mysteriously presents to us? A series of photographs gives us some keys without revealing the details. Often described as a “photographer without camera”, Katrien de Blauwer (Belgium, 1969) focuses her practice on collage. The process is spontaneous and responds to the plastic artist’s fascination with the construction of images. In her work, there is always the question of the female figure whose yellowed surface of magazine pages testifies to a bygone era. The artist cuts out, sets up the published photograph, glues it, sometimes adds a trace of paint. A narrative is set up from this raw material, from old magazines whose artist recycles certain images. It is through these iconographic fragments that the artist’s intimate thought is revealed. Katrien de Blauwer shows his fascination for these glossy beings. It retains body fragments, but no faces or looks, thus leaving us all the freedom of interpretation. At the invitation of the MBAL, the artist developed two parallel stories, where two moments of life are revealed. There is a question...

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