En boîte

En boîte (In a Box), 2009.

Mixed media.
30 × 17 × 12 cm (12 × 7 × 5 in).

Exhibition Parcels for the Promised Land,
Kunstbüro, Berlin, 2009.

Conceived for the Parcels for the Promised Land exhibition, about “The Wall” in the required shoebox size.

When the box is open, one can see two similar phrases written in reverse order and enclosed within “walls” — but one phrase is addressed from THEM to US, when the other one is addressed from US to THEM. The text can only be read in the distorting mirror inserted within the lid.

1/6Lucile Bertrand - In a Box

2/6Lucile Bertrand - In a Box

3/6Lucile Bertrand - In a Box

4/6Lucile Bertrand - In a Box

Reversed and mirrored text.

5/6Lucile Bertrand - In a Box

The text can only be read in the distorting mirror.

6/6Lucile Bertrand - In a Box

It degrades us but it also degrades them.
It degrades them but it also degrades us.