Exhibition / 26 Oct – 8 Dec 2018


Katrien De Blauwer

© Katrien De Blauwer

We invite you to join us at a special preview event for Reprise, 6-9pm on Friday 26 October 2018 at Ffotogallery, Turner House, in Penarth.

Katrien De Blauwer’s approach is quite unique. Collecting and recycling photographic images from magazines, she draws on her own interior world of memories and feelings to spontaneously create exquisite and intimate artworks that appeal to our collective unconscious and evoke the language of film, surrealism and photomontage. Having been producing artworks almost daily for over 20 years, De Blauwer remains a very private person and only in recent years has begun to exhibit and sell her work. Her first UK solo retrospective at Ffotogallery, from 26 October – 8 December 2018, includes work from all stages of her career, including previously unseen early work, artist notebooks and her newest work in which she has introduced painting alongside photography. The curatorial approach will not be chronological, but reveal specific visual correspondences and motifs that have recurred as her work evolved from highly personal narratives to more universal concerns.

Katrien de Blauwer: Reprise is at Ffotogallery, Turner House Gallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 3DH from 26 October – 8 December 2018, Tues-Sat 11am – 5pm. Curated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery, in partnership with Charlotte Boudon, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.

About Artist

Portrait of Katrien De Blauwer

Katrien De Blauwer

Born in Ronse in Belgium
Lives in Antwerp

Katrien de Blauwer has become a master in the art of “cutting”, a term that defines her practice better than “collage”, since the latter fails to express her mastery of composition and the formal impact of her creations. In fact, her artworks are not collages in the usual sense. They are not about associating fragments in order to recreate images like the surrealists did for instance. Her artistic gesture originates from an intuitive perception and a poetical process, but her approach is conceptual and essential in nature. Katrien de Blauwer is a meticulous observer and a careful analyst of the various elements that make up a photograph whether in relation to the subject matter – how it captures a piece of reality through framing- but also to the image space – the various levels and colors it is made of. However she is not directly a photographer. She prefers to pick and extract bits and pieces from others’ photographic language in order to revive their formal value.