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Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.

Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.

Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.

14.5 — 11.9.2011 Artist residency

Restore Hope

artist(s): Elodie Huet

From 26 May until 10 July 2011, the French artist Élodie Huet (*1973 in France, lives and works in Paris) has been resident artist at Casino Luxembourg. The exhibition, Restore Hope, in the "Aquarium", is the fruit of her work there, and ends her stay. Élodie Huet, an artist who is sensitive to her surroundings, has explored, strata by strata, her temporary host city.

From the very first days of her residency, the artistic approach of Élodie Huet has been contextual. Especially through the choice of her project title - Restore Hope* - which can be metaphorically understood as a way of looking at a foreign country from the outside, through prejudices and inherent expectations. Of French origin, Élodie Huet developed her residency project in Luxembourg in the light of the time she spent in an unknown place and environment. Set up in the glass pavilion, the "Aquarium", which she has made into her temporary workplace, little by little she has become closer to the city of Luxembourg. Firstly as an observer - contemplating the flow of passers-by and vehicles on the boulevard Roosevelt adjoining the "Aquarium" - and then through exploring the city on foot, district by district, camera in hand.

Objects in urban space, architectural details and landscape elements have caught her attention and became the subjects for her images. Week by week, Élodie Huet selected, from this accumulation of photographic images, those to be printed in postcard format. If, through association, an image represented on a postcard shows the perfection of a certain place - don't we say that a "beautiful photo" is like a "postcard"? - Élodie Huet uses this medium to question relationships with our surrounding space. As a temporary resident, she scrutinised the details of her host land to extract fragments of reality which, through a photographic capture or a simple choice of subject, have become art editions.

On the verso, no indication of the place is given. The postcards are displayed on a piece of furniture which is like a panoramic viewpoint indicator. Traditionally with a tourist vocation, and more often than not situated in a mountain setting, these allow travellers to identify various elements in the landscape in view. By leading the treasure hunt to its climax, the postcards do not match the undulating landscape visible from the "Aquarium", neither through their subject nor through any indication of direction.

This limited edition series of postcards (series of 2 000 copies of 30 postcards produced) are available to Casino Luxembourg visitors, who are invited to come and get theirs. In the era of virtual exchanges, Élodie Huet is hoping to return a noble title to what is today a rather outdated form of communication - the postcard. Within this logic of distribution and exchange, the Restore Hope project has both been built and, paradoxically, will also disappear.

A catalogue traces the gradual appropriation of space which was attempted in the Restore Hope project and places this work into the broader picture of the artist's work.

* Restore Hope is the name of the military operation led, at the beginning of the 1990s, by American forces, under the aegis of the United Nations in Somalia.


elodiehuet.blogspot.com


Residency: 14.05.2011 - 10.06.2011
Exhibition: 09.06.2011 - 11.09.2011

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Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.

Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.

Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.

Elodie Huet, Restore Hope, 2011. Installation in situ, série de 30 cartes postales édités à 2000 exemplaires, 3 meubles plaqués macoré en bois. © Jessica Theis.