T R O T T O I R S - S I D E W A L K S [ PROMENADES EN MARGES ]
17 Octobre 2002 - 15 Décembre 2002
ED VAN DER ELSKEN
An exhibition curated by Galerie Chantal Crousel at the Poste du Louvre
Must quotidian always be associated with humdrum?
Rather, it is perhaps the quotidian--the everyday, the banal--that, in the long run, heroically insures the survival of the individual and the group as a whole.
In this respect, it is worth recalling the origin of the word "banal": in medieval France, a "banal" baking day was one when the bread that came from the oven was not owed to the lord of the manor. It was a day of common bread, a day of quiet celebration when life was not owed to the powers-that-be.
It is precisely these innocuous activities and daily little rituals that constitute the eternal bedrock of "being together." We should remember that when nothing is important, everything assumes importance.
The interlude represented by the "modern period" is coming to a close. It has been a period of closure--of closed identities, shielded by the walls of private life. A period of the individual as master and owner of self and the world. Of the individual as a powerful yet solitary figure.