To Be Afraid of the Invisible, 2017
Powder graphite on Arches paper, wall mounted metal
newspaper display rack
installation of variable dimensions
Single drawing size: 244 x 38cm
Dans le cadre de l'Atelier résidence du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec à Bâle

A month after my arrival at the Atelier Mondial in Basel, Switzerland, a chemical attack took place on the town of Khan Shaykhun, Syria. The bomb and its content injured hundreds and killed 74 people.

Far away from home, but from a place of safety in my Basel studio, I started to try to make sense of what happened based on the information that I could access in the news. To Be Afraid of the Invisible is an attempt to reflect on this insidious event and on the repercussion that it had.

This experience somehow highlighted my fear of the invisible threat under which millions of people live every day. Using graphite powder to deconstruct the few images of the explosion accessible online is both a reflection on my own armful drawing materials and the fear of their insidious consequences on my health.

No amount of drawings or images will ever bring justice or consolation to this population, but each gesture has the power to revive memories while allowing us to never forget.

Galerie Nicolas Robert



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