In FOCUS/resonance with the 2013 Lyon Biennale
Whether they use light, water, dust or wind as raw material, the works of Edith Dekyndt (born in 1960, lives in Tournai, Belgium) present experiences that are both tenuous and deeply physical.
If there is no medium or dimension to describe their paradoxical character, then they will still be measured on the level of body and imagination. While in the manner of scientists who start with phenomena and existing materials to solve mysteries, the artist does not give a rational representation, but prefers to open our relationship to the empirical world a little more to create images from them.
The Slow Stories exhibition at La BF15 only gradually delivers this exploration, following the rhythm of an immersion in the location and works of Edith Dekyndt.
In tribute to the history of Lyon (birthplace of silk, film and chemistry), the artist presents a series of pieces where image takes shape with the matter.
“The first work is a large silver-coated piece of fabric (like cinematographic film), a screen whose very slow film will unfold over a few weeks, months or years.
Under the glass ceiling at the back, a large aquarium contains water from the Saône river, water that was frozen through a secret process provided by a chemical company.
In the middle room, a very short amateur film, Pêche à l’épervier1, shot by Robert Dasché in 1936, reveals a rather magnificent moment: a man throws a net that remains fixed in time thanks to the cinema, light and silver dust.”
Thus, through suspended perception generated by this exhibition, image becomes rhythm and duration takes shape. Facing the scientific objectivity and the mystery of our subjective relation, the works of Edith Dekyndt make and unmake both tangible and uncertain worlds.
1- Robert Dasché, Pêche à l’épervier, 1936, 16mm black and white, silent, ref. 0002S0001. Collection of Mémoire Audiovisuelle de Haute-Normandie. Courtesy of Pôle Image Haute-Normandie.
with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International
in partnership with La Maison de la Chimie Rhône-Alpes, Solvay,
Le Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, ATMP Industrie PLV