"Around 1550, Melchior Lorck drew “Turtle Overlooking a City.” This surrealistic drawing showed a giant turtle hovering above the sky. It represents both the human desire to live in the heavens and the possibility of perceiving the earth from them. Today, it’s not difficult to imagine this turtle as a proto-type drone or satellite: a hovering voyeur.
My practice reflects a fascination for aerial and outer space imaging, and the ramifications this field has on perception, power and speculative progress. While aerial and spatial exploration are a magnificent instrument for evolving knowledge, it also reveals how quickly we can fall into a total absence of limitations in our society.
My work often begins with research. Using scientific archives, military diagrams or “faits divers.” I follow the evolution of a distinctive representation in a particular context, and look for the lines between real and imagined perceptions. I transform images, details of happenings and remains of human heritage in order to provide new perspectives on the identity and agency of a specific place and time. This transformation relies on various media and languages, including drawing, sculpture, moving image and installation."
Amélie Bouvier (Paris, °1982) is currently based in Brussels and Lisbon. She has had several international solo exhibitions at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain, at Eternal Network Gallery, Tours, France or at Carpe Diem, Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon, Portugal. She has participated in international group exhibitions including those at Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal, Sabrina Amrani Gallery,Madrid, Spain, at Verbeke Foundation, Belgium, or at Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been included in the 16th Biennale de Cerveira and in the 6th Biennale de São Tomé e Principe. She was selected for the Iselp prize “Hors d’Oeuvre” in Brussels and was named the best emerging artist at Just Mad in Madrid, as well as a finalist for the CIC’Art Prize.
06.03.2017 - 31.03.2017