Wytske van Keulen
Sous cloche brings together Andrez and Saskia. Since the summer of 2009, I have been photographing them and their
immediate surroundings in the eastern part of the French Pyrenees – an area I’ve continually been drawn to.
After a nomadic existence, Flemish-born Saskia was diagnosed with cancer. From then on, she tried to defeat her illness
in her own way, without any medical intervention, merely through the strength of her own body and mind. Unable to find
a permanent home, she kept moving from place to place, restlessly. After four years, Saskia lost her battle with cancer.
Andrez is a Spanish widower who, after the tragic death of his wife and unborn child, decided to live in solitude high up
in the mountains. His home consists of two separate places, both of them without electricity or other modern conveniences,
from which he tends his cows and those of several neighbouring farmers.
Saskia and Andrez never met.
Sous cloche was first presented as a slide screening with two synchronised slide projectors accompanied by a live reading
of text fragments from the book at San Serriffe – art book shop in Amsterdam. Duration: 15 minutes
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Installation views Sous cloche, solo exhibition at Kominek Gallery, Berlin, 2014
Two synchronised slide projectors with audio, size variable, duration 15 minutes
Photographs from Sous cloche
Hand made c-prints mounted on aluminium, framed with UV protected museum glass