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Katrien De Blauwer
I do not want to disappear silently into the night

Collages and words-collages by Katrien de Blauwer

Concept and editing by Giuliana Prucca

Design by Vito Raimondi

Avarie, 2014

Edition of 700 copies (out of print)

Softcover, Swiss binding

178 pp, 22 b/w, 118 color illustrations

170 x 240 mm

ISBN 978-2-9541974-1-8

Item #0420

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Selected as one of the Best Books of 2014 by Hannes Wanderer, JM Colberg

"Nothing. The spot is an empty passageway between two buildings, empty of everything but emptiness". Michelangelo Antonioni

Through KDB’s collages and their short circuit effect in our ways of seeing, the book intends to explore and deepen the concept of void and its visibility, proposing a work that’s situated at the border of different artistic disciplines, from photography to cinema to performance and to painting.

Photographer without a camera, KDB 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.

KDB 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 substraction.

The images are deprived of something that disappears from view but remains perceptible and refers to a kind of entirety. The collage itself is a signal that’s present and resistant, the form of an emptiness that is hence never absence.

KDB’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. Keeping in mind the collages’ highly cinematographic content, the book takes therefore inspiration from Michelangelo Antonioni’s filmic sensitivity, along with a few suggestions from the arts, that share his pure, geometric and linear vision.

KDB’s text-fragments - sharp, precise and evocative as scripts - interact with Antonioni’s writing which inhabits the book’s interstitial spaces: the extracts here inserted derive from what he himself defined as films I wrote, series of unfinished stories he never found the chance to shoot. Texts therefore, that belong not less to the order of visualizations of the absent as they render perfectly perceivable an image that doesn’t exist. 

"The great masters of this form like De Blauwer hide their precision behind that sense of effortlessness – a trait, that like the best film edit, just seems natural, almost subliminal, but somehow the joining of scenes linger long after the film is finished or the book is closed." — Jeffery Ladd

Read more:

Parallel Planets (interview), Waste Magazine (interview) 

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