Rien n’est pas rien

Nothing is not nothing

Archive’s dust, epoxy resin, steel, wood
Variables dimensions, 2018

The act of archiving is a permanent watch. Rigorous care given to documents that are preserved, that must survive. Recovering the dust from the vacuum working table was like collecting the enemy. The rest, the slightest thing dirty. Yet it seemed to me that this waste, if it were given to the analysis, would still deliver valuable information. Marginal notes: from these fragments may have found traces of humans who produced and archived the documents, fragments of the places that hosted them. Into the opaque paper powder, dead skin.
Nothing is not nothing, is not nothingness yet. Cast in a mixture of resin, the dust seeks a standardized form, archivable, as if it tried to join a collection, a status.
It looks like a latent image, hollowed out frames, calls for other dusts.

 

Views of the exhibition Jusqu’à preuve du contraire, nous ne trouverons rien. Agathe Boulanger, Clara Denidet, Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau, 2018
Photographies of dust samples ©Agathe Boulanger