Dernière nuit à Nouméa avant un sevrage d'internet (encore).
J'arrive directement à Londres lundi matin pour installer une toute nouvelle expo avec l'équipe de l'expédition au Yémen ! Drôle de transition après 2 mois et demi dans les îles du Pacifique...
L'expo se tiendra à la Royal Geographical Society de Londres, dans le quartier des musées, du 20 juin au 8 juillet 2011. Je ne sais pas si beaucoup d'entre vous seront à Londres à ce moment-là, mais le vernissage est mardi de 18h30 à 20h30.
Le pitch (in english, désolée, pas le temps de traduire !) :
"Last July, Yemen's Ministry of Tourism invited a small group of European artists to Yemen for 3 weeks. The exhibition includes work by 7 of the artists, celebrating Yemen's cultural heritage set against arich tapestry of humanity and hospitality. Alongside the exhibition, the Royal Geographical Society will be showing their Yemeni holdings, including notebooks, drawings and maps by former travellers to Yemen.
Yemen is a country with a long history that reaches back to the time of the giants and encompasses a magnificent architectural culture giving birth to early high-rise building techniques, exemplified by Shibam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site described by Freya Stark as the 'Manhattan of the Desert'. Combined with a tradition of travel that created a Diaspora stretching from Indonesia to Detroit and passing throughNewcastle-upon-Tyne, this nexus of civilizations made sure there was no lack of inspiration for the visiting artists.
The exhibition is an artist's view of Yemen, presenting work made in different locations visited by the artists, including Sana'a, Hadhramaut, Taiz and mountain villages in the Haraz. Many of the works were created on the spot in caravanserai, teashops and markets, communicating an immediacy and richness which characterised the artists' experience in Yemen."
Aquarelle de Charles Foster Hall
Et voici une petite description de la démarche de mes camarades :
From Scotland, Philip Braham decodes in his paintings the subtleties of the light that infuses his subjects, whether in the mountains surrounding Sana’a or within the walls of Shibam, the so called ‘Chicago of the desert’. He works in oils using a meditative process to capture precisely the feelings associated with particular places and views.
From England, Charles Foster-Hall paints in watercolour, whose vagaries embody for him the sense of accident and good fortune inherent in travel. While architecture constitutes the larger part of his subject matter, the inhabitants of these spaces are of particular interest to him, as are the landscapes that surround them.
Charlotte Jaunez from France, always ready for the unexpected meeting, was captivated by the openness and warmth of the people she met in Yemen. Her dramatic ink portraits attempt to capture the spontaneity of these encounters, with their emotional richness and the possibility of a moment shared.
Aurelie Pedrajas from France, combines historical context with her immediate experience by using old papers and manuscripts as a support for her portraits and character studies, often drawn in-situ in the tea houses and markets of old Sana’a. The finished work becomes more than the sum of its parts, reflecting Yemen’s cultural heritage and vibrant immediacy.
Philippe Bichon, from France, draws architecture in the context of his ‘Carnets de Voyage’, sketch books in which he includes elements found on the spot, also hand-written comments by those he meets or who watch him work. The finished Carnet can then give the viewer a more immediate sense of place and a shared experience of travel.
Stéphanie Ledoux, from France, has travelled widely, painting portraits through which she experiences the people and places visited. In Yemen she was often to be seen surrounded by a throng of onlookers as she sketched in Sana’a, which for most artists would have been distracting, but for Stéphanie constituted affirmation and encouragement. Her portraits with their direct regards go straight to the heart of her subjects.
David González-Carpio Alcaraz
González-Carpio Alcaraz, from Spain, painted powerful figure studies of children in the Yemeni countryside. The challenging regards of the subjects combined with their impoverished surroundings make a strong statement about adversity met with fortitude, a vital quality needed for a sometimes inhospitable environment.
Détails pratiques :
Ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 10h00 à 17h00.
Free entrance, 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday
Adresse : Royal Geographical Society - 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR.
Nearest underground station is South Kensington, direct on the Piccadilly line from both Heathrow and St Pancras.