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Impression Placebo

Print on cotton paper
40 x 50 cm
2015 - 2016

The "Placebo Prints" were originally intended to (not) communicate ceremonies, but have become works in their own right. The photographs feature details of the placebo works, showing to advantage the different types of wood and textures, with their colour, grain structure and surface relief. Though ‘just’ prints, they are so realistic that you might easily mistake them for marquetry. The "Placebo Prints" emphasize the essential ambiguity of Béatrice Balcou’s work: they are image and object, image and drawing, form and matter, all at the same time. (from the exhibition booklet, M Museum, Leuven, 2019)