From December 22 2016 to January 16 2017

Rien à vendre...

Barbara Claus (Brussels)

Vitrine Project from December 22, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Finissage Sunday, January 15, 4pm to 6pm

'' Rien à vendre… will be completed in situ over the Christmas season; a time of year often associated with frenzy, scattering, consumerist overabundance and troubled memories. So how do we avoid the emotional effect on families ripped apart or reconnected over this break? How do we avoid a loss of meaning through creation, imagination, or fitting words? I have often preferred to isolate myself in these moments. The invitation to occupy this space will allow me to overcome this latent anxiety. The drawing will be meditative, somewhat unpredictable, joyous, emotional and ephemeral. I will opt to draw at night. As I am driven by a desire for freedom, those moments will inevitably disappear in an imperceptible and solitary temporality. The work will be visible from the street, as a distance is necessary to face the precariousness of the process in all its vulnerability.'' - Barbara Claus

Barbara Claus was born in Etterbeek, Belgium. She took her first steps at 10 months in Burundi; She was toring up magazines at age 2 in the lowlands of her country, in her wooden park. When she was 4 years old, she played in front of a Finnish design store in the Galeries La Toison d’Or; at 5 years, she was participating in creative workshops. At the age of 9, she joined a free school inspired by the philosophy of Krishnamurti and at 10, they were responsible for a Zoo (lion, monkey, snakes, goats...) next to the Visual Arts studio. At 15, she was reading a lot and she was attending night classes at the Academy of Wavre. She connected to her passion at 16, and at 19, she was accepted at La Cambre. She was spending her evenings at the Brussels Cinémathèque. At 24, she participated in the exhibition Gravures Grands Format at the Museum of Louvain-la-Neuve along with Tàpies, Chillida, Miró, Reinhoud, etc. At the age of 25, she arrived to Montreal...