Graphite on Arches paper.
Svetlana Alexievitch, writer
WHY HER ? « BECAUSE I ADMIRE HIS JOURNEY, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS COURAGE. BECAUSE CURRENT EVENTS ARE IN LINE WITH HIS WORK, WHICH ALWAYS SEEMS EXCEPTIONAL TO ME. »
On October 8, 2015, Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievitch was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for "her polyphonic work, a memorial of suffering and courage in our time". Born in 1948 into a family of teachers in the west of Ukraine, where part of the German-Soviet war took place, she has always been interested, as a journalist and as an author, in those who are not taken into account by History. Her wonderful work The End of the Red Man or the Time of Disenchantment, the collection of hundreds of testimonies from different regions of the post-Soviet space is a brilliant illustration of this.
By Eva Jospin
Eva Jospin became famous with her forests meticulously carved in cardboard, mental forests that echo childhood, tales, archaic fears, such as those of getting lost or being abandoned. Born in Paris in 1975, she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a resident of the Villa Medici in Rome in 2016. Through her works, Eva Jospin gives us her vision of an idealized nature, far from today's world populated by digital platforms and algorithms. Her imaginary forests have invaded the square courtyard of the Louvre (2016), the Abbey of Montmajour, near Arles (until January 2021), and should be installed in a future metro station in Greater Paris. For the Beaupassage project in Paris, she has signed a huge high relief measuring 5.30 meters long and nearly 3 meters high, entitled The Crossing.
CAUSE : LA MAISON DES FEMMES DE SAINT-DENIS, a shelter for women victims of violence.