Edith Dekyndt Slow stories Focus Résonance / Biennale de Lyon 2013 www.biennaledelyon.com professional previews 10, 11 and 12 September, from 2pm - 7pm brunch pro / press Wednesday 11 September, from 10 to 12pm opening Thursday, 12 September, from 6 to 9pm exhibition 13 September to 16 November 2013 opening hours Wednesday to Saturday from 2 to 7pm (Hôtel de Ville subway)
in partnership with La Maison de la Chimie Rhône-Alpes Sovlay Le Pôle Image Haute-Normandie parisART Fondation d’entreprise Ricard curator Perrine Lacroix Edith Dekyndt, Feuille d’argent, photography, 2008.
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. 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) Thus, through suspended perception generated by this exhibition, image becomes rhythm and duration takes shape. By confronting scientific objectivity with the mystery of our subjective relation, Edith Dekyndt's works make and unmake worlds that are both tangible and dubious. 1 - Pêche à l'épervier, Robert Dasché, 1936, 16mm NB, muet, ref 0002S0001. Collection of Mémoire Audiovisuelle de HauteNormandie. Courtesy Pôle Image Haute Normandie. Diffused during the exhibition Water Diary, un dialogue entre vidéos d'artistes et films amateurs, FRAC Haute-Normandie, 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 email@example.com www.labf15.org
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 www.edithdekyndt.be Edith Dekyndt visuals : Courtesy Galeries VidalCuglietta, Bruxelles Carl Freedman, Londres Karin Guenther, Hambourg
Edith Dekyndt, Untitled (Blanket L), Wool & Silver, private collection, 2012.
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 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 Photogramme issu du film amateur Pêche à l'épervier de Robert Dasché, 1936, 16mm NB, muet, ref 0002S0001 © MAHN/Pôle Image Haute-Normandie
Moscow Biennale, Manege exhibition hall, Moscow, exhibition hall, Moscow 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