God where do I even begin with this? I put a lot of sleepless nights into this room, which was actually the student break room for the art building. This five week project was intended to showcase what exactly a Cold War French spy’s office would look like and it was rather well received by the classes that came to see it and it earned me an A+ in the class.
A lot of this stuff I had to either buy or make from scratch and I had to make sure that almost everything, from the shoes to her portrait, fit Clarise’s personality. It had to be sharp and a little brooding, but if I went too far it would come across as creepy and unwelcoming. Plus it’s also hard to create a space that looks lived in and have it seem natural That being said, I love all the little details that went into this piece.
-The globe in the corner is marked with red and silver tacs, red being important missions and silver ones that were run of the mill.
-The newspaper clippings on the wall sport (besides the german one which was pulled from a 1980’s headline) all sported little references to either fictitious French spies or real ones. They included Le Chiffre from the Bond film Casino Royale, Rene Joyese ( A WW2 french spy) and Charlotte Corday (actually an assassin from the French Revolution) among a few others.
-Cigars not scene here (due to a bit of a kerfuffle on the day of the showing) were Montecristos, the cigar of choice for many of the Bond films.
-The letter obscured by light in the third picture reads in French:
I have gone to the grocery and I won’t be long. Don’t worry about the mission. We will receive more.
(The envelopes in the briefcase, which also dates back to the 1980’s, all sport a MISSION FAILED stamp in bright red. Evrard and Clarise aren’t the best spy duo in the world)
-The song that played during the showing was La Vie en Rose. While this was scrapped for song choice at first due to being a bit cliche, it was chosen because of how well it fit the theme of the room
-Also not pictured here was a rather large black Minx cat that was brought in. He was an amazing little actor, and was jumping up onto the desk and laying on the armchair. Wish I could have gotten pictures of him but sadly he had to leave a bit early.
Publié aux Presses du Réel avec Komplot. Conception graphique : Pierre Huyghebaert (Speculoos).
paru en décembre 2012
16,5 x 23,5 cm (broché)
224 pages (ill. n&b)
ISBN : 978-2-96012-071-4
EAN : 9782960120714
« Spirit of Ecstasy est un roman où tout est raconté comme un long trip d’acide où se mélangent les lieux, les époques, les personnages, les choses rêvées et les choses vécues, et où les gens se réveillent simplement pour aller voir le lever du soleil. Le livre semble avoir été construit à partir de visions. C’est rose et orangé et mauve et scintillant. Il y a de la fumée, des formes géométriques planantes, de la danse, du sexe, et du rythme. Des uppercuts et des swings. Il est difficile de renouer avec la chronologie, et on aurait presque besoin d’une carte pour s’y retrouver. Spirit of Ecstasy est un roman écrit par David Evrard qui nous livre son expérience joyeuse des expositions. C’est même une grande exposition qui constitue le noyau dur du récit, avec un curateur fou aux dents de cuivre qui n’organise d’ailleurs rien du tout, et des artistes qui parlent, qui s’amusent, et qui construisent des espaces et des formes. » Jill Gasparina
This website is pretty much amazing: www.ajpn.org (This is the second post I’ve found on here! The Arama family is mentioned on there too) Unfortunate for me, its in French. Google Translate saves the day again, alas its still a bit hard to follow.
Here’s what I’ve gathered:
George and Regine were hidden by a network run by Marcel Moussa Abadi and Odette Rosenstock. Abadi and Rosenstock ran the main Jewish rescue “circuit” in France with the help of the Bishop of Nice (Paul Remond), Pastor Evrard, and Rev Paul Gagneir. Together from 1943 to 1945, they saved 527 Jewish children. At the end of the article it simply states that “they are hidden under the name of fox”. The French sentence is Ils sont cachés sous le nom de “Renard”. I’m guessing this means that while they were in hiding, their last name was changed to Renard? Can anyone confirm or deny this? I don’t speak French.