Katrien De Blauwer (Belgium, 1969, lives and works in Antwerp) calls herself a “photographer without a camera”. She collects and recycles pictures and photos from old magazines and papers.

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Katrien De Blauwer


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Her work is, at the same time, intimate, directly corresponding with our unconscious, and anonymous thanks to the use of found images and body parts that have been cut away. In this way, her personal history becomes the history of everyone. The collage effects a kind of universalisation, emphasizing the impossibility to identify with a single individual, yet allowing to recognize oneself in the story. The artist becomes a neutral intermediary: without being the author of the photographs, she appropriates and integrates them into her own interior world, a world she’s revealing in third person. Katrien De Blauwer gives new meaning and life to what is residual, saving images from destruction and including them in a new narration that combines intimacy and anonymity. Her work therefore deals with memory, basically. Memory by accumulation rather than by substraction. Her work brings to mind the procedures of photomontage or film editing. The cut being used as a frame that marks the essential.
“Couleur Pâle 7” is a work from 2013. This was chosen because it is still very appropriate at this intense time. The woman is also central here with a great desire for new adventures. She stands for hope, positivity and the need to be closer to nature.


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