Writing conveys Western painting. It is a long tradition. The relationship between these two practices is completely different in China, where the written word is both written and painted at the same time. The relationship to the image itself is very different.
Comme une présence is a proposal for cultural and interdisciplinary exchange between a recognised French writer, Belinda Cannone, a French visual artist, Charlotte Guibé, and a Chinese visual artist, Ren Bo. It focuses on several axes: interdisciplinarity, circumnavigations between images and the written word, and the view of the writer on the work of one visual artist in particular. The title of this global project is also that of a catalogue and various exhibitions that will open at the Jiali Gallery and the Meridian Space in Beijing.
This title, Comme une présence, makes reference to the poet René Char and his work, Commune présence, as well as the ghostly presence that sometimes appears in the work of these two visual artists who are joining together to complete this project. While the ink wash paintings by Charlotte Guibé erase or draw a veil over the objects and characters, Ren Bo, an artist living in Beijing, films in the negative, which reinforces the ghostly presence already observed in his mudras.