Clyde Lepage is disgusted by meat, by flesh, by the fragile material of our physical existence. According to her, modernity has taught us to turn to the intellect, to reason and the men associated with it, all at the expense of bodies, daily care and the women who are supposed to perform them. This same dualistic thinking has placed non-human animals in the category of non-living; they are only meat.
Clyde Lepage decides to believe in the power of flesh, of the bonds we make and the stories we invent. For Coeur de vache, she took a piece of a cow’s heart and decided to share a moment of life with it. By paying attention to it, she tries to heal the suffering it experienced during its lifetime. She tries to heal it so that it heals her in return.
Clyde Lepage is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist. Performance, photography, video and words – spoken and written – are some of the mediums which she deploys her discourse with. This is fed by her personal history and her political commitments, notably feminist (La position des coudes), ecological and anarchist (Grande Perche). The living and interspecific links occupy an important place in her artistic production (Mise à niveau, Coeur de vache) as well as in her theoretical research (recherche FRArt l’animal que donc je suis with Lucille Calmel). Documents, traces and memory are regularly called upon in her work, which plays with the boundaries between reality and imagination, political issues and the poetry of everyday life.
17:00 > 20:00
Studio Thor, Brussels
Durational piece. Meet Clyde Lepage in the foyer of Studio Thor.