Tique | art space is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Katrien De Blauwer: Jouez avec elle.
Emotions have always been the driving force and main consideration in the work of Katrien De Blauwer. She is strongly drawn to the uncomfortable in human emotion; pain, sorrow, loss, desire. It’s about life and death, what we are, what we signify, how we are loved.
Katrien De Blauwer collects and re-uses pictures and supports from old magazines and papers, engaging them in a vision that occurs directly in the hand, becoming thereby more physical and tactile. She gives new meaning and life to what is residual, saving the images from destruction and including them in a new narration that combines intimacy and anonymity. Hers is therefore a work about memory, although never by a process of accumulation but by way of subtraction. De Blauwer’s work calls to mind the techniques of photomontage or film editing, using the cut as border or frame that determines what is visible and essential.
Katrien De Blauwers’ book ‘I do not want to disappear silently into the night’, published by Avarie in 2014, has been well received and is almost sold out. The book is available at Tique | art space. Read more about the book here.
Katrien de Blauwer (1969) was born in Ronse, Belgium, lives and works in Antwerp. She started her first collages in 1993 and she has never stopped. Her work has been published in The New York Times (USA), Conscientious Photo Magazine (USA), Chronicle Books (USA), EIN Magazine (China), Unflop Magazine (Italy), The Age of Collage (Gestalten, Germany).
Read a conversation with Katrien De Blauwer and Conscientious Photo Magazine editor Jörg Colberg here.