Travelers and Strangers

Solo exhibition Travelers and Strangers,
Kentler International Drawing Space, New York — 2017.

In this series of large drawings, I am questioning some false evidences about the accessibility and use of landscapes and spaces. The landscapes are neutral: it is indeed the purposes and conditions of the journeys that change the perception of places that people attempt to go to, and hopefully achieve to cross, be it for necessity or for pleasure.

On the pairs of identical landscapes, one can follow real stories from different travelers, who often, but not always, went in opposite directions, and discover that the same landscape may become hostile and dangerously challenging to some, or just a great experience to others.

In AZ/AZ, one can compare Apaches toponyms with the place names found on road maps to describe the same spaces, when in Matter of Perspective, one can compare the words used to talk about travelers, depending on from where one speaks.

In Birds Don't need a Passport, one can discover the migrating routes taken by sixteen different birds across continents and oceans, reconfiguring our sense of borders and of the world map.

Touristic Route/Survival Route
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NY/NY.

East/West—West/East
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North/South—South/North
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The Sea/The Sea
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Birds Don't Need a Passport 2.

Matter of Perspective 2
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AZ/AZ.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Touristic Route/Survival Route.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

View of the exhibition from the entrance of the room.
Left wall, North/South—South/North and The Sea/The Sea.
Front wall, Touristic Route/Survival Route.
Right wall, Birds Don't need a Passport 2 and Matter of Perspective 2.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

View of the exhibition from the back of the room.
Left wall, Matter of Perspective 2 and AZ/AZ.
On each side of the room’s entrance, NY/NY.
Right wall, East/West—West/East and North/South—South/North.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Left, NY/NY.
Right wall, East/West—West/East and North/South—South/North.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Left, NY/NY.
Right, East/West—West/East.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

From left to right:
East/West—West/East,
North/South—South/North,
The Sea/The Sea,
and Touristic Route.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Left, The Sea/The Sea.
Back wall, Touristic Route/Survival Route.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Back wall, Touristic Route/Survival Route.
Right wall, Birds Don't Need a Passport 2.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

From left to right:
Birds Don't Need a Passport 2,
Matter of Perspective 2
and AZ/AZ.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Left, Matter of Perspective 2 and AZ/AZ.
Right, NY/NY.

Lucile Bertrand - Travelers and Strangers

Left wall, AZ/AZ.
On each side of the entrance, NY/NY.
Right wall, East/West—West/East.