Katrien De Blauwer: Les photos qu'elle ne montre à personne
posted on 30-06-2022
4th July - 25th September 2022
On view at Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
Whatever you do, don’t tell Katrien de Blauwer that she makes collages: “Let's say I’m a photographer without a camera. For me, cutting is comparable to clicking on the shutter release”. She snips, glues, assembles, infringes, colors and handles photographs from the old magazines she collects. Close to photomontage or film editing, her works conceal an intense narrative charge. They are linked to memory and personal history, but, paradoxically, as intimate as they are anonymous, they become the possible scenario of everyone. “What Katrien de Blauwer unearths in her black and white images is the archaeology of ambiguity. She doesn't cut this ambiguity of desire with a raging knife: on the contrary, it interests her. She works it to the maximum. She refines and sharpens it” (Philippe Azoury). The Pictures She Doesn’t Show to Anyone brings ten years of creation together in a book and an exhibition on an unprecedented scale. More information here.