Presque-rien

Presque-rien (Almost-nothing), 2009-2008.

Gauze.
Approx. 200 × 600 cm (78.47 × 236.7 in).

Site-specific installation on wall, exhibition Bruxelles,
Territoire de Convergences
, Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels.

The term “Presque-rien” (Almost-nothing) is borrowed from the philosopher Vladimir Jankelevich, who developed on the manifestation of non-presence and its necessary appearance.

Here, a multitude of gauze petals are placed and accumulated on translucent tracing paper (2019) or on the wall (2008). Often, their shadow, cross-ruled by the gauze's grid, are more visible than the petals themselves, which tends to disturb and distort the overall vision. This produces a slight feeling of vertigo, the illusion of a possible movement, of a tiny displacement.

1/5Lucile Bertrand - Almost-Nothing

Musée d'Ixelles, installation.
Photo V. Everarts

2/5Lucile Bertrand - Almost-Nothing

Musée d'Ixelles, detail of installation.
Photo V. Everarts

3/5Lucile Bertrand - Almost-Nothing

Musée d'Ixelles, detail of installation.

4/5Lucile Bertrand - Almost-Nothing

Musée d'Ixelles, detail of installation.

5/5Lucile Bertrand - Almost-Nothing

Musée d'Ixelles, detail of installation.