LUCILE BERTRAND “They used to sing”

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Through testimonies, current events and literary accounts, Lucile Bertrand weaves the story of our humanity with objectivity and benevolence, conveying all its richness, hope, pain and paradoxes. For her first solo exhibition at Irène Laub gallery, the artist has developed a shared sensory experience of wandering, which invites us to penetrate straight to the heart of her preoccupations in order to better grasp the societal issues that concern us all. To get as close as possible to the universality of her subjects, she bases her practice on lived experiences, writings, media reports and in-depth articles as diverse as they are transversal. Adapting her methods to each new production, strives to offer a detailed synthesis of a specific situation so that everyone can fully grasp the subject and make it their own.

– Clémentine Davin, historian and art critic

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The Invisibles (part three)

2020
78 x 115 cm (framed)
Gouache and printed text on Steinbach paper
Unique work

This drawing is part of the triptych “The Invisibles” forming a set about the dangers of the workers invisibility, even though they are essential to the global economy. Poor working conditions and environmental neglect often go hand in hand, but those who demand improvement in both often pay for it with their lives.

5.500 euros
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    Survival Route

    2017
    216 x 160 cm
    Acrylic paint and permanent pen felt on rescue blanket
    Unique work

    This story is adapted from Camilla Panhard’s book No Women’s Land (in French), Éditions Les arènes. For 10 years, the journalist met a large number of migrant women travelling from Central America to the USA. With the author’ authorization, Lucile chose to follow Suyapa (22 years old) and gather several stories from other migrant women through her journey from Choluteca, in the south of Honduras, to Houston, Texas. Fleeing political violence as well as narcotics and gang violence, Suyapa travelled alone more than 3,000 kilometers (follow the red line from the bottom right and go up) through Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico to enter the United States to meet with her husband and son who had previously arrived in San Antonio, Texas.

    5.500 euros
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      East/West – West/East (diptych)

      2017
      168 x 107 cm each
      Gouache and printed text on Canson paper
      Unique work

      Left drawing (East/West): follow the green line from left to right.

      A Belgian-Armenian pianist goes from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Ramallah, West Bank, to give piano lessons. She also goes to visit Jerusalem (south) and Nablus (north).

      Right drawing (West/East): follow the red line from right to left.
      A Palestinian goes from Yatta, West Bank, to Tel Aviv, Israel, without a permit to work on a construction site for three weeks.

      13.000 euros
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        Chanter comme des oiseaux

        2020
        Variable dimensions
        Music score drawn on printed Hahnemühle paper, music stand
        Unique + 1AP

        Scores were composed after listening to bird songs from all over the world recorded by amateur ornithologists.

        Here we discover unknown birds, whose names form a poetic universe in themselves. Their songs are described using the memory of human or mechanical sound experiences – throat scrapings, children’s cries, complaints, but also bicycle pumps, trumpets with mute, etc. The intonations, pitches and lengths of sounds are suggested by signs drawn under each bird mentioned. Visitors can try their hand at (re)producing the songs, alone or with others, in duet or trio, or even in canon, to create a symphony or even a cacophony, as they can also be found in nature.

        Each original partition and its music stand can be bought on their own. The total installation is comprised of 7 music stands (price on demand).

        1.000 euros
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          Can you hear me?

          2020
          41,5 x 61,5 cm (framed)
          Photography printed on glass, drawn text on paper
          Unique work

          Behind photos of uncertain places, short texts are hiding, themselves more or less supported or disturbed by words scattered in the space, or, on the contrary, as if embedded in the image. These texts speak of absence of beings or words, or of the power to act.

          3.500 euros
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            Lorsque j’étais enfant

            2020
            65 x 41,5 cm (framed)
            Photography printed on glass, printed and drawn text on paper
            Unique work

            Behind photos of uncertain places, short texts are hiding, themselves more or less supported or disturbed by words scattered in the space, or, on the contrary, as if embedded in the image. These texts speak of absence of beings or words, or of the power to act.

            3.500 euros
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              They left

              2020
              65 x 41,5 cm (framed)
              Photography printed on glass, printed and drawn text on paper
              Unique work
              3.500 euros
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                Projet pour “They used to sing”, bande-son 2

                2020
                42 x 29,7 cm
                Print on paper
                Edition of 5
                500 euros
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                  Des routes et des mots – Émigrations croisées

                  2018
                  26,5 x 35 cm (framed)
                  Coloured pencil and graphite on printed text
                  Unique work

                  Many writers have demonstrated that it is sometimes necessary to go beyond one’s boundaries (personal and geographical) in order to achieve fulfilment.

                  Here, the French writer Marguerite Yourcenar, and the American James Baldwin took opposite routes to live and express themselves more freely.

                  1.800 euros
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                    Des routes et des mots – Chemins parallèles

                    2018
                    26,5 x 35 cm (framed)
                    Coloured pencil and graphite on printed text
                    Unique work

                    Many writers have demonstrated that it is sometimes necessary to go beyond one’s boundaries (personal and geographical) in order to achieve fulfilment.

                    To the left: Born in Martinique under French colonial rule, Frantz Fanon was one of the most important writers in black Atlantic theory at a time of anti-colonial liberation struggle.

                    To the right: Born in Palestine, Mahmoud Darwich is internationally recognized for his poetry which focuses on his nostalgia for his lost homeland.

                    1.800 euros
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                      Des routes et des mots – L’ailleurs de l’autre

                      2018
                      26,5 x 35 cm (framed)
                      Coloured pencil and graphite on printed text
                      Unique work

                      Many writers have demonstrated that it is sometimes necessary to go beyond one’s boundaries (personal and geographical) in order to achieve fulfilment.

                      To the left: Constantinople-born explorer, historian, and writer, Evliya Çelebi is the most famous traveler of the Ottoman Empire.

                      To the right: Born in Podolia, Jan Potocki was a Polish aristocrat, scholar, and writer, but above all a great traveler, historian, archaeologist, and ethnologist.

                      1.800 euros
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                        Bout du monde

                        2018
                        26,5 x 35 cm (framed)
                        Gold pencil on printed paper
                        Unique work
                        1.800 euros
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                          The flight Blues

                          2020
                          35 x 26,5 cm (framed)
                          Mixed media on paper
                          Unique work
                          1.800 euros
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                            "Although visually appealing, Lucile Bertrand’s production is generally serious in its content. Texts, landscapes, photographs and scores participate, each at their own level, in sketching the contours of a territory with borders that are both porous and sinuous, and that seal, every day, the destiny of thousands of species and individuals throughout the world"
                            — Clémentine Davin, 2020