The Musée en plein air du Sart Tilman proposes an artistic intervention by Liège born photographer David Widart in 100 public buses circulating in the city centre of Liège and at the Sart Tilman.
For each bus, the artist places a poster inside the bus with a portrait and a short text on the outside. The posters consist either of a small-format photograph glued and captioned by hand or of a text handwritten by the artist.
Far from the spectacular style of the advertising poster usually found in public transport, the form of the proposal will certainly raise questions among passengers as to the status of the image facing them.
Since the very beginning of his career David Widart has been photographing people he meets in his daily life or on his travels, whether he knows them or not. For him, photography is first and foremost a pretext to make encounters. Over time, the artist has accumulated and organised, notably on his website, an impressive series of photographs. For him, his photographs and notes are above all the constituent units of a personal database.
In addition to taking pictures, the photographer attaches particular importance to the means of showing the images, producing unique installations, strongly influenced by their context. Depending on the situation, Widart can use wall-pinned photocopies as well as framed high-end prints, project his images onto different surfaces or, as here, invest public space with a hybrid format. In the end, this shows that the photographer’s interest in the installation and the context of the images is at least as strong as the interest in the images themselves.
The posters can be seen in and on 100 buses on lines 1, 4 and 48 from 16 September to 15 October 2020.
Opening on 18 September 2020 at the Musée en plein air.
With the support of TEC Liège-Verviers.
A valid ticket is required to view the interior posters.
Fares and bus routes: www.infotec.be
Karla Hiraldo Voleau (CH), born in 1992, is a French-Dominican artist who lives and works in Lausanne.
She graduated from ECAL, Lausanne with an MA in Photography in 2018. She is part of the Foam Talent 2020 edition and of the Olympus Recommended Fellowship 2020. Her work was featured at Paris Photo 2019, the Rencontres d’Arles 2017, or Plat(t)form 2019. Her first photobook Hola Mi Amol, co-published by Self Publish Be Happy Editions & ECAL, was shortlisted for the Aperture First Book Award 2019.
For BIP2020, she presents her work in the window of the former café “Le Bouquin”, next to the entrance of the Cultural Center Les Chiroux, 8, place des Carmes in Liège.
Facade of the Cultural Centre of Liège, Les Chiroux