Isabel Miquel Arques

 

AGITATION

February 28 - April 20, 2013

 

Isabel Miquel Arques is mostly a self-taught artist. Experimenting with all kinds of photography, from classical to pinhole cameras. Growing up in a very rich cultural environment but spartan way of living, shaped her way of seeing life and applying photography. This sobriety makes her to work with the strictly basic, camera and natural light.

 

Complicated sets and bulky props are to far away from her personality. As a photographer she spent a long time trying to find her own way -between tradition and modernity- creating a path where her work is strong influenced by the art of painting in textures, colours and composition.

 

This is first to perceive in her photo book “Portret met garnaalkroket” (Portrait with schrimp croquet) published by Ludion, where she reflects the artistic Belgian scene by making the portraits of some of their most emblematic members, like Luc Tuymans, Jan Hoet, Michael Borremans, Stephan Vanfleteren, Dirk Braeckman, Jan Fabre…

Since then and living currently in Antwerp -after Barcelona, Amsterdam and London-, she has been fascinated by the relationship in history between her country of birth, Spain, and her country of adoption, Belgium.

The result of her studies and observations about this subject, along with her cogitations on the photography world of today are the core of her last exhibition “Agitation”.

 

 

 

HERE BE LIONS
November 20 - January 9, 2016

 

Toon Tellegen’s book, “Letters to Sleeping Beauty”, has greatly inspired this exhibition.

The book describes the story of a prince deciding that the time has come to find Sleeping Beauty and kiss her. He doesn’t know where she is to be found, what this voyage shall bring or what to expect from his journey as a whole. During the course of his one-year travel he writes her letters everyday.

The core of this exhibition aren’t fairy tales, not even  "Sleeping Beauty” herself, but another kind of beauty that goes further than hundred years of sleep: longing.

In today’s world, which appears to be fed by the immediate and the imminent, the notion of ‘longing’ seems to be part of “The dictionary of forgotten words”.

Sad story.

In my mind however, longing is this fascinating, lengthy process filled with desire, exaltation, doubt, disappointment, contradiction, poetry and hope. It’s a pursuit. It’s a thought on the move and yet steady. Delighting, enlightening and dark all together.

The uncertainty of this deep inner voyage has set the tone and therefore been the inspiration for the title of this exhibition, which is to be named, “Here be lions”.

“Here be lions”, echoes the medieval practice of putting dragons, lions or sea serpents in uncharted areas of the map.

Those are our prince’s territories.

“Here be lions” holds twelve artworks, representing the twelve months within a peculiar year, without any seasons.

The work is a rather dark piece established in black and white narrative, which appears to be set in a somewhat unconventional fairy tale décor, where the individual –the prince in this case- exudes awkwardness, as if there was something unnatural in his longing.

The images are not a statement. On the contrary, the door that leads to interpretation is wide open.

APRES L'AVERSE

June 24 - July 7, 2018
 

Loud Silence

 

I love a loud silence.

The kind that follows a furious fight.

 

Adrenaline calling for breath.

One that’s warm. And moist. And soft.

But heady still and hot and wet and

Furry awkwardness on your tongue.

 

Empty lungs and raw throats.

 

Wilted fists.

 

Only tense eyes left,

Unyielding dismay

On both silences.

 

 

Lucie De Roeck

Translated by David Colmer

 

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