I feel really awake

Exhibition I feel really awake,
Maison du Peuple de Saint-Gilles (with the Musée d'Ixelles), Brussels, 2020.
+ Publication St-Gilles/Musée d'Ixelles, 27.5 x 21 cm.

Eleven contemporary women artists were invited to select an artwork from the collection of the Musée d'Ixelles, in Brussels, from among 40 portraits of women painted or sculpted by men, and to respond with one of their own artworks.

I chose La consolation ou La visite de condoléances, by Alfred Stevens, painted in 1857 with great mastery and delicacy in strongly contrasted tonal associations — black/gold and white/red — representing the affliction of two grieving women and a young lady in a bourgeois salon.

Opposite, two dark-grey gravestones — Gisant(e)s inconnu(e)s 1 and 3 — pay homage to those who disappear on the road to exile, sometimes without even a grave as their final resting place. Body in absence, hardly a trace, Gisant(e) inconnu(e) 1 lies next to Gisant(e) inconnu(e) 3, a pile of pebbles under which one can barely guess the shape of a body.

Gisant(e)s inconnu(e)s
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1/6Lucile Bertrand - Gisant(e)s inconnu(e)s 1 + 3

Gisant(e)s inconnu(e)s 1 + 3, 2016.
Photo D. Libert

2/6Alfred Stevens, La consolation

Alfred Stevens, La consolation, 1857.
© Musée d'Ixelles. Photo V. Everarts.

3/6Catalogue I Feel Really Awake

Book cover.

4/6Catalogue I Feel Really Awake

5/6Catalogue I Feel Really Awake

Double page with folded flaps.
Detail of Alfred Stevens' painting.

6/6Catalogue I Feel Really Awake

Gisant(e)s inconnu(e)s 1 and 3
on the double page with open flap.