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Edith Dekyndt Slow Stories

FOCUS Résonance / Biennale de Lyon 2013 exhibition 13 September to 16 November 2013 opening hours Wednesday to Saturday from 2 to 7pm (Hôtel de Ville subway)

in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles International La Maison de la Chimie Rhône-Alpes Sovlay Le Pôle Image Haute-Normandie ATMP Industrie PLV Thanks to Marie Clerel, Thomas Vogel L'Institut d'art contemporain curator Perrine Lacroix

Edith Dekyndt, Slow Object 06, 2013. Wool & Silver, 300 x 650 cm.

Whether they use light, water, dust or wind as raw material, the works of Edith Dekyndt open experiences that are both tenuous and deeply physical. If there is no medium or dimension to describe their paradoxical character, then they will always be measured on the level of body and imagination. In the manner of scientists who start with phenomena and existing materials to solve mysteries, however the artist does not give a rational representation, but prefers to open our relationship to the empirical world a little more so that images of them get created.

room 2 Robert Dasché, Sparrow-hawk Fishing, 1936 silent film, 16mm NB. Collection of Pôle Image Haute-Normandie.

The Slow Stories exhibition at La BF15 only gradually delivers this exploration, following the rhythm of an immersion in the location and works of Edith Dekyndt. In homage to the history of Lyon (birthplace of silk, film and chemistry), the artist presents a series of pieces where the image takes shape with the matter. "The first one is a large silver-coated fabric (like a movie film), a screen whose very slow film will be revealed within a few weeks, months or years. Under the glass roof at the back, a large aquarium contains water from the Saône River that was frozen with a secret process given by a chemical company. In the middle room, a very short amateur film, Pêche à l'épervier (Sparrow-hawk Fishing) 1, shot by Robert Dasché in 1936, reveals quite a magnificent moment: a man throws a net that remains fixed in time thanks to the cinema, light and silver dust." (Edith Dekyndt, 2013)

room 3 Water Album 01 (La Saône, Lyon, France), 2013. plexiglas aquarium 40 x 50 x 200 cm, 220 l of water from the Saône River frozen.

Thus, through suspended perception generated by this exhibition, image becomes rhythm and duration takes shape. Facing the scientific objectivity and the mystery of our subjective relation, the work of Edith Dekyndt make and unmake worlds both concrete and vague.

List of the works room 1 Slow Object 06, 2013. Wool & Silver, 300 x 650 cm.

1 - Pêche à l'épervier, Robert Dasché, 1936, 16mm NB, muet, ref 0002S0001. Collection of Mémoire Audiovisuelle de Haute-Normandie. Courtesy Pôle Image Haute Normandie. Diffused during the exhibition Water Diary, un dialogue entre vidéosd'artistes et films amateurs, FRAC Haute-Normandie, from 25 April to 8 September 2013.

contemporary art space 11 quai de la Pêcherie 69001 Lyon T/F 33 (0)4 78 28 66 63

La BF15

association soutenue par la Ville de Lyon, la Région Rhône-Alpes et le Ministère de la Culture / DRAC Rhône-Alpes

Perrine Lacroix Direction & Programmation Florence Meyssonnier Coordination


born in 1960 Lives and works in Tournai, Belgium

Edith Dekyndt, Water Album 01 (La Saône, Lyon, France), 2013. Plexiglas aquarium 40 x 50 x 200 cm, 220 l of water from the Saône River frozen

Often using the simplest of means and with minimal intervention Edith Dekyndt creates art works which engage with common place forces of nature and scientific phenomena. Working in an area of two overlapping territories - physics and aesthetics - Dekyndt’s methodologies do have something akin to scientific experiments. However she is less in the pursuit of decisive evidence or proving a theorem than opening herself up to unknown outcomes, and to failure as much as success. Similarly, she is less interested in the universal, and cold objective fact, than in how her various explorations can engender a more personal, emotional response. Carl Freedman, "Edith Dekyndt, Mexican Vanities", January 2013. Recent solo exhibitions (selection) 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Slow Stories, La BF15, Lyon, France Mexican Vanities, Carl Freedman Gallery, London Dreams and Lies, Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium The Painter’s Enemy, Gregor Podnar Project Space, Ljubjana, Slovenia Monday is Blue, Maison Grégoire, Brussels Lingua Ignota, Sollertis Gallery, Toulouse, France Subliminal Rooms, VidalCuglietta Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Dieu rend visite à Newton, Fri-Art, Centre of Contemporary Art, Friburg, Switzerland La femme de Loth, Synagogue de Delme, France Get Out Of My Cloud, Kiosk, Ghent, Belgium Les Ondes de Love, MAC’s, Grand-Hornu, Hornu, Belgium At Night I Lie, Karin Günther Galerie, Hamburg, Germany The Transparent Ceiling, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris Edith Dekyndt – Agnosia, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Recent and upcoming group exhibitions (selection) 2013 2012 2011 Robert Dasché, Sparrow-hawk Fishing, 1936, silent film Black and white, 16mm. MAHN/Pôle Image Haute-Normandie

The 5th Moscow Biennale Team Gallery, New York, US Projections : vers d’autres mondes, Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte Croix, les sables d’Olonnes, France L’origine des choses, La centrale électrique, Brussels Space Odyssey 2.0, Z 33, Huis voor actuele kunste, Hasselt, Belgium S.F., Art, sciences & fictions, Mac’s, Hornu, Belgium Les amas d’Hercule, Parc Saint-Léger Centre d’art contemporain, France Le jour d’avant, Domaine départemental de la Garenne Lemot, Gétigné, France Danai Anesiadou, Edith Dekyndt Emily Sunblad, VidalCuglietta Gallery, Brussels L’art dans les chapelles, Notre-Dame du Moustoir, Malguénac, France Le prince des rayons, VidalCuglietta Gallery, Brussels, Belgium L’équilibre des forces, La malterie, Lille, France Raak, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium Constellations, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France We Make Version, Westfälischer, Kunstverein, Münster, Germany Found in Translation, Casino Luxembourg D’un autre monde, Printemps de septembre, Toulouse, France The Savage Transparence, Youngproject Gallery, Los Angeles Apparitions, St Sauveur Station, Lille, France Contour 2011, 5th Biennal of Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium Pour une république des rêves, CRAC, Alsace, Altchirch, France Principe d’incertitude, Magasin, Grenoble, France

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