Eirene Efstathiou and Lucile Bertrand both work from visual and textual paper archives. When manipulating those sources, the artists’ aim is not to misappropriate their meaning and content, but rather to bring forth past events that some would be only too willing to forget, revive them in a new context and question their hidden narratives. Eirene Efstathiou et Lucile Bertrand often use scientific methods: they trace, measure, compare, superimpose and juxtapose informations extracted from their base material, to create cartographic or stratigraphic landscapes.
Despite their meticulous and highly referenced approach, they don’t expose their sources at first glance. Only a partial insight into these documents is offered, either through selected details and unexpected image associations, or through the insertion of short texts into the drawings. Therefore, the meaning has to be uncovered by the viewer, leaving some parts to be recomposed, researched, imagined… This process allows both artists to evoke heavy subjects through artworks that are at the same time evocative and incisive, poetical and political.