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By Silence

A sociologist asks an artist to write, on his behalf, a letter to his absent sister

Can art speak to the dead? By silence is inspired by the encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a sister at a young age, before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raise their other children with the weight of an absent sister. I walked through the place where the sister disappeared, obsessively searching for materials that embody grief and remembrance. I sculpted this feeling of evanescence with photography. The images are a personal archaeology and an imaginary museum that invites to peel and lift the veil of taboo. The work is a collective concert made up of found pieces - family testimonies, archives and objects. It speculates on the gap between what happened, and what was left unsaid. This man once told me: "By its silence, death makes a lot of noise.”

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Chapter 2–Claudine (performance)

Performance-reading at Page Not Found, The Hague, 06.03.20 (this event was part of Hoogtij#60)

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

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Chapter 2–Claudine (book)

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

Shortlisted for Kassel Dummy Award 2019

Read here a review about the book (Sabrina Mandanici, Collector Daily)

Order at arianejudithtoussaint@gmail.com

Design: Anna Moschioni
Details: 104 pages, open spine, Munken and Biotop paper, handmade book cover with wallpaper and fabric
1st edition: 50 copies
2nd edition: 70 copies
Price: 35 euros

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Chapter 2–Claudine (photo series)

A story about family, hoarding, love and loneliness

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

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Chapter 2—Claudine (readings)

Unseen, photo festival, Amsterdam, 22.09.19
Event 'Manic words', Words off the Page, spoken word event, The Hague, 17.02.19
Collective exhibition 'Forgetful Number presents: A Series of Contradictions', The Hague, 01.19

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Portfolio

2016—present

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Transformation

Can you grasp the space between you and the image? The performance is intuitive and uses big pieces of fabric to show the infinite ways that an image can transform into.

Watch here the film screened at Eye Film Instituut, Amsterdam, Research Lab 'Trance and moving image', 28.02.2017

Watch here the film performed at Cinema Underexposed Film Festival, The Hague, 06.12.19 (festival initiated by Linus Kropp and Io Stevensen, music scored by Val Clipp)