IN AN ERA WHERE EVERYTHING IS DIGITAL, KATRIEN DE BLAUWER RESISTS TECHNOLOGY AND UPGRADES THE PAST AND VINTAGE AESTHETICS
Katrien De Blauwer is a “photographer without a camera”.
She collects and recycles images and photos from old magazines and newspapers. Her work is really intimate and corresponding directly with the unconscious, everything is anonymous using images and parts of the body find and cut out.
In this way, her private story becomes the story of everyone. The effects of collage creates a kind of universalization, emphasizing the impossibility to identifying with a single person but you can recognize yourself in the history.
The artist becomes a neutral intermediary: she isn’t the author of the photos but she succeed to appropriate of it and create a her personal inner world showing up in the third person. Quatrain De Blauwer gives a new meaning to life saves imagines from destruction and merges in a new narration intimacy and anonymity.
Her work enter deeply in the memory and recalls the procedure of the montage and it speack about lossness, pain, the desire, the man and woman relationship, speak about life, herself, the presence and the absence, without unconstrained interpretation.
Katrien De Blauwer still uses the titles which pose the identificative premise but every viewer can see his own image, adapting every images of his own feelings and experience, creating a new experience.
We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are
Text by Martina Finazzi