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Piotr was born 1909 in St Petersburg. At the death of his parents shortly after the October revolution he moved to Berlin where he met Rosa Luxembourg and the painters of Die Brücke. He began earning his living as an artist's agent by negotiating their work with wealthy foreign collectors. Fearing that he would fall victim to the first Nazi purges, he took advantage of a trip by the Berlin-based communist elite to Moscow to settle there in 1933. Accused of internationalism, he was imprisoned by Stalin and barely escaped death during the purges of 1938: The only survivor in a mass grave, his photo testifying to his execution as life insurance, it took him two years to reach Bangkok after a stopover in Crimea. His whole life he sold precious or forbidden things until his death in San Francisco, in a hippie community in the summer of 1967.
A copy of a valuable icon from his mother, which he sold in Berlin and exchanged for diamonds to finance his leaks, a samovar, dedicated editions of Dostoyevsky, empty pocket in Onyx, a typewriter, an abacus, a hawk, Thai and Burmese antiquities "stolen from Jim Thomson after his death.
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About Jeni Camdessus :
Video, installation, sculpture/assembly, drawing, painting,... Jeni Camdessus is a transdisciplinary artist, whose work is based on the notions of Memory, between collective memory and individual memory, an art of intimacy.
I have always been fascinated by the facades with multiple windows... whether it be the old towers of La Défense or Ivry sur Seine, abandoned buildings or the backyards of faubourien buildings. The memory of this motif and the reflection in the windows drifted in my memory until this series of expressionism "optic" entitled LITTLE SQUARES. This series is available in 3 shades :
- LTL Squares Vermillon RED
- LTL Squares Prussian BLEU
- LTL Squares Army GREEN
If the reality of the facades is only a motif, the memory of the reflections in the windows is reminiscent of the combination of the work of glosses in ink and matte in pastel.
The name may be surprising, but the series consists of a combination of skies borrowed from the Italian Baroque on a vaguely Scottish imagined moor. Some of the paintings show particularly tormented skies which announces a future series on which Jeni Camdessus is currently working.
This series comes from frequent meditative contemplations between Paris and Marseille on the floor of the TGV. I noticed that the ground was as if smoothed by the "high speed" and that in comparison the sky seemed to appear in slow motion... The pastel work on the ground accentuates the effect. The GPS coordinates remain approximate. The winter landscapes with soaked soils showing the dark earth, some ochres and accentuated greens have my preference.
It's 7:43, it's Tuesday. Imagine someone calling you on your cell phone. The man speaks English with a strong Flemish accent. He is the manager of a large transport network based in the port of Antwerp. he wants to make an appointment for a delivery tomorrow, his tone is abrupt, he's in a hurry. You don't understand anything. You come down from home and a thick envelope is stuck in your mailbox. These are several envelopes taped together, you put them on the passenger seat and wait until you get to the office to open them. All the mails are spread over 2 months: an American genealogist, various notaries' offices, numerous customs clearance documents, carriers whose last one you recognize based in Antwerp. You call him back and confirm the delivery at 6:30 am at home from :
It was on you that it fell, like playing the lottery without even trying its luck: somewhere in the world, a storage room that had to be emptied, a storage room in a building devoted to destruction and a philanthropic society that found you, the legatee of this distant relative or friend of the previous generations that you had not necessarily heard about.
Container is 9 characters who crossed the XXth century and whose life can be seen through the objects they were able to preserve. They are characters first appear in portraits, then a bio appears and an archival film of about 4 minutes takes us back to what their life was like. Their furniture, objects and belongings have been forgotten after their disappearance until they fall into your hands, like the treasure Nazi or the portrait of the Titanic.