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The questioning of the face is inevitable in artistic representation. The hand spontaneously traces or goes towards two eyes, a nose and a mouth. The existence of the face in the work covers the rest, becomes the starting point, the threshold, of the meeting and of exposure. However, the fact of hiding or painting “portraits without faces” can be interpreted in relation to the news, which links to the concept of loss claimed by artists who have lived through wars.
To live through the deadly events from afar via social networks, then going through the refusal to continue witnessing the absurdity of such human conflicts: losing its identity. What to paint ? With what purpose? And why? The hand, so important, the tireless companion, the working hand, the one that builds and destroys, and the one of which can also save, the hand reaching out.