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Nothing. The spot is an empty passageway between two buildings, empty of everything but emptiness. <M.A.>


Katrien de Blauwer

Through KDB's <collages> and their <short circuit> effect in our ways of seeing, the book intends to explore and deepen the concept of <void> and its <visibility>, proposing a work that's situated at the border of different artistic disciplines, from <photography> to <cinema> to <performance> and to <painting>.

<Photographer without a camera>, KDB collects and re-uses pictures and supports from old magazines and papers, engaging them in a vision that occurs directly in the <hand>, becoming thereby more physical and tactile.
KDB gives new meaning and life to what is
<residual>, saving the images from destruction and including them in a new narration that combines <intimacy> and <anonymity>. Hers is therefore a work about <memory>, although never by a process of accumulation but by way of <substraction>.

The images are deprived of something that disappears from view but remains perceptible and refers to a kind of entirety. The collage itself is a signal that's <present and resistant>, the <form of an emptiness> that is hence never <absence>.

KDB's work calls to mind the techniques of <photomontage> or <film editing>, using the <cut> as <border> or <frame> that determines what is visible and <essential>. Keeping in mind the collages' highly <cinematographic> content, the book takes therefore inspiration from <Michelangelo Antonioni>'s filmic sensitivity, along with a few suggestions from the arts, that share his <pure, geometric and linear vision>.

Like the Italian director, whose "interest - according to John Berger - is always <beside> the event shown", Avarie has been trying to focus its attention on the <unseen> elements of the collages, such as the cut-out photographs and words from KDB's notebooks or the reverse side of the support papers. In particular, the <off-screen> position of the texts in the book allows to frame the collages <in-between>: the void actually specifies itself as an <interstice>.

KDB's <text-fragments> - <sharp, precise and evocative> as <scripts> - interact with Antonioni's writing which inhabits the book's interstitial spaces: the extracts here inserted derive from what he himself defined as <films I wrote>, series of <unfinished stories> he never found the chance to shoot. Texts therefore, that belong not less to the order of <visualizations of the absent> as they render perfectly perceivable an image that doesn't exist.

Katrien de Blauwer <KDB> was born in Ronse, Belgium, in 1969. She started her first collages in 1993 and she's never stopped. Lives and works in Antwerp. Current exhibitions: <Close>, Het Nutshuis, The Hague, Netherlands and <Une Femme est une femme>, Pak Gistel, Belgium.

Artbooks Vuoti A Rendere International Edition <AVARIE> is a Paris based indipendent publisher founded in 2012 specialising in art and photo books and exploring the relationship between texts and images. Avarie's publications reflect a concept that sees the book as a jamming incident in the system: a privileged moment of thought and space of creation that results from a close collaboration with the artist and lies at the outskirts of commercial production.
First <Vuoto A Rendere> from Avarie: Position(s) by Antoine d'Agata.

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    silently into the night

<Katrien de Blauwer>
<Michelangelo Antonioni
<Giuliana Prucca>

Soft cover/swiss binding
Size <24 x 17 cm> 178 p.
<22 bw/118 colour plates>


September 2014
<40 euros>
ISBN 978-2-9541974-1-8

First copies on sale during
<Unseen Photo Fair>
in Amsterdam
18-21 September
at <Tipi Bookshop>'s table

<Book signing>
Sunday 21st, 2pm

<I do not want to disappear
silently into the night>

will be officially released
end of September

50 <special edition> copies
a unique <book-collage>

also available in October

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Gazing at things radically, to the point of their exhaustion. <Roland Barthes>