To be continued
12 March – 21 April, 2011
The photographic work of young French artist Aymeric Fouquez is for a great part focused on the cemeteries of the First World War in Northern France. The way these cemeteries are situated in rural landscape or close by farms or in a city centre, attracted the eye of Fouquez.
The cemeteries are mainly British and in London they decided to honor the soldiers in a grave designed by a famous architect of that time, Sir Edwin Lutyens. The graves were situated on the very same spot where the soldiers died in their battle with the Germans. Sir Edwin Lutyens drew up a plan for almost thousand cemeteries on the battlefield, ranging from a few dozen to several thousand graves per cemetery. The cemeteries were well kept by the surrounding village people, and even today the imagery of these cemeteries themselves is not really disturbed, only by growing infrastructure or urbanization around the cemeteries. This is something Fouquez noticed and his recent images show the slow degradation of the surrounding environment of these cemeteries.
Together with this exhibition we present two books. One is on the work of Aymeric Fouquez, titled: Nord, France: Nord/Pas de Calais/Somme/Aisne, Belgium: West Vlaanderen/West Flanders.
The other book is on the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens written by Dutch architect Jeroen Geurst: Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
This exhibition shows the beauty and serious side of life, the memories of a crude battle period manifested in clear cemeteries lying in romantic green sloping hills where once earth was colored by blood and covered by bodies.