The Map of Tenderness (La Carte de Tendre) is a map of love created in the 17th century by Mademoiselle de Scudéry. It charts the territories of a fictitious country called Tenderness (Tendre), and literally illustrates the routes one can take to find love, or lose it. Through video installations and performance art, multidisciplinary artist Andrée Weschler, together with Lynn Lu, are revisiting and rereading this classical map.
The are many stories about unfaithful women. For instance in my hometown in France, during Middle Age, unfaithful women were put into a cage and submerged into the river. If the woman was still alive after 10 minutes it meant that she was faithful.
The Prayer for Unfaithful Women is an art performance about women who consorted with German soldiers during world war II. They were humiliated and had their head shaved in public on the main square.
This art performance is a visual denunciation of the rage under the guise of an angelic prayer.
It is about French memory.
We carry with us from our history.
Baby Powder, 2009
Red Glitter, 2015
by ANDREE WESCHLER (FRANCE) and CHUA KA-INN (SINGAPORE)
It started with collaboration between two artists and the landscape, a dialogue among the three elements. Having come from two very different environments, it was their first visit to the Kangnung landscape. Thus begins the communication between nature and human experience.
The intention of the artwork was to extract a line from the landscape, to make simply a drawing, adding or erasing. They started to rework the original beauty of nature, changing the form of the field of dried autumn flowers, according to the way the nature guides them. The flowers, the most beautiful part of the plant, were stripped bare, revealing only the once hidden thin dried stalks, stems painted red.
As the work progresses, perceptions became varied and interchangeable. New experiences, discoveries and visions became important in the process of creating an artwork out of nature.
The idea was to create a sexual landscape, an exchange of nature with human nature. Where the beauty of the nature invokes in our senses a feeling of sensual desire, a desire to be one with nature, sexuality, a most basic pure form of human nature, is invoked in the landscape.
Can a first performance be truly relived? [2003-2015]
In 2003, I finally accepted that I was living in Singapore and that my time in Japan was over. I decided then that it was about time to meet artists and to look for a space for an exhibition. Lee Wen invited me to participate to the first FOI. It was the first time I was invited to an art event, I was very happy to be invited but the last thing I wanted to do in my art practice and in my entire life was a live performance! However I thought that if I refused, I may never be invited anymore, so I said yes. For three weeks, I was completely petrified, worried, and tense.EndFragment
My performance was titled after Jean-Pierre Enard’s book 'To make little hoods blush'.
How the performance surprised me! It was an enthralling feeling as if I were a puppet conducted by a mysterious puppeteer.
Since then my relationship with performance has vacillated between love and hate.
For FOI 10, I will try to re-do my first performance art as if it were the first time. Can a first performance be truly relived? [2003-2015]
By common definition, Eulogy (noun) is a speech or a piece of writing that praises someone or something highly, especially a tribute to someone (who has just died). In this duo exhibition by Andrée Weschler and Sabrina Koh, the installation suggests an independent view from each artist, and alternatively, where both settings meet.
Flaneur presents the two artists will make tribute to the people and objects which they have lost along their domestic journey, and perhaps in their own meeting point, to relive those settings in context of the other’s. Andrée Weschler is interested in giving her eulogy to the lost domesticate(d) objects that carry the journey of home stories, while Sabrina Koh aims to reposition and p(raise) the relationships we build in a domestic setting; given or not.
"In this confessional piece of work, we thought about the 'silent' sent-offs of loved ones and objects, and have found that particularly inspiring and relevant to the roots in this metropolis home." - Andrée Weschler and Sabrina Koh
Def. love letter
- a letter or note written by someone to his or her sweetheart or lover
- in Singapore a type of biscuit, made from eggs and rice flour and rolled into a cylinder
Collins English Dictionary
A Collaboration with The Observatory & Elizabeth Lim & Andrée Weschler
ANITYA // SKANDHAS is the fourth in this ongoing interdisciplinary experiment, exploring the relationship between sound and other forms of performative expression. The Observatory and performance artists Andrée Weschler and Elizabeth Lim explore the Buddhist concept of the Five Skandhas -- form, sensation, perception, impulse, and consciousness.
Sounds directly linked to physical movement and actions by the artists are filtered and manipulated by members of The Observatory. Connections and ruptures between sight and sound, cause and effect, are dramatically heightened, raising questions about the Skandhas, the true self and what makes us human.
As an art experiment, ANITYA // SKANDHAS feeds ancient concepts through contemporary practice to better understand the human condition.
Latent Spaces, Haw Par Villa Warehouse
Pictures by The Idealist
Leaving in Japan, Andrée Weschler exhibited numerous times her series of work with X-RAY
Andrée Weschler's practice encompasses different media such as performance, video and installation. However she enjoys playing with clay after a long day. Though these pieces are worn as jewellery, they should be seen as sculptures as each piece is one of it's kind and signed by the artist.
There are many stories about unfaithful women. For instance in my hometown in France, during Middle Age, unfaithful women were put into cage and submerged into the river. If the woman was still alive after 10 minutes it meant that she was faithful.
The Prayer For Unfaithful Women is a Performance Art about women who consorted with German soldiers during World War II. They were humiliated and had their head shaved in public on the main square. This Art Performance is a visual denunciation of the rage under the guise of an angelic prayer. It is about French Memory, we carry with us from our History
One week performance
Art and War Fringe Festival 2005 Esplanade, Singapore
This antique furniture belonged to Jeanne Weschler, the aunt of my father. She inherited it from her own parents, dating back to 1900. When Jeanne Weschler passed away in 1993, nobody wanted this dresser: it was too big, too heavy, and too impractical. My father asked around and I said that I wanted it. He helped me to install it in my apartment; I was still living in Europe then.
When I moved to Singapore, the only furniture I shipped over here, was this one. Then when I moved around, changed houses, apartments, countries, I always carried this heavy, big and impractical furniture with me. Each time the purpose of the furniture changed according to the place I was staying in.
Last year, I moved into a HDB flat. During the move, a helper broke the precious mirror into “Fragments”.
La Carte de Tendre was a French map of an imaginary land called Tendre produced in the 17th Century, which depicts the "geography of love" according to the Precieuses of that era: the River of Inclination flows past the villages of "Billet Doux" (Love Letter), "Petits Soins" (Little Trinkets), and intrepid travelers brave the dangers of "Le Lac d' Indiference" (Lake of Indifference). The villages, roads, and topographic features in this allegorical representation trace the myriad facets of love and its associated perils.
Lynn Lu and Andrée Weschler revisited the map of love with its successes and pitfalls and propose a new reading of the Carte of Tendre with video installation and performances art.
Ref. Carte de Tendre, 17th Century print, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Drawn by Melle de Scudery
Engraved by François Chauveau
Amputation is an installation of medical tools hypothesizing failure as the naissance of healing: one needs to be sick before one can heal. The installation’s tools belonged to Andrée’s family doctor who was simultaneously caregiver and spectator to her and her family’s lives. This work is done in his memory
Singapore Art Museum
“If you imagine my dear that is going to last forever the season of love, you got it all wrong” are the lyrics of a French poem
Si tu t’imagines, by Raymond Queneau, written in 1950 and interpreted by Juliette Gréco.
The images and the material of the video & pictures are taken from a surgery the artist went through. The surgeon, after the surgery gave the video and said: “ Since you are an artist, I thought that you will be interested in it.” The trauma of the surgery over, it took three years to face the brutal reality of the images and dare to look at them and finally do an art work with it.
French poem translated in English:
“If you imagine, if you imagine, girl girl, if you imagine, that is going to last forever the season of the season of season of love,you got it all wrong girl, you got it all wrong
If you think my dear, if you think that your rosy complexion, your hourglass figure, your cute biceps, your nails, your nymph’s thigh and your light-hearted foot, if you think my dear that is going to last forever, you got it all wrong girl, you got it all wrong
Beautiful days go away, the beautiful festive days, suns and planets, all turn in circles, but you my dear, you walk straight, towards what you cannot see, approaching very sneakily, the swift wrinkle, the heavy fat, the triple chin, the limp muscle, come on pick roses, the roses of life and may their petals be the slack sea of all the happiness. Come on pick, if you do not, you got it all wrong, girl girl, you got it all wrong”
1. that part of a plant that produces seeds.
2. the flower of, the finest part of
3. the flower of speech, ornamental phrase
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English
“The video lasts 45 minutes. I look in the video camera as if it is a mirror. The video camera becomes a conduit from the private space to the public place.
I pluck my eyebrows, one hair after the other, one by one. At first the process is constructive, the eyes get bigger, the face prettier. But the process does not stop and suddenly removing hair one by one becomes destructive.
A simple act of everyday becomes definitive.”
Andrée Weschler, 2002
The hair and especially pubic hair is the last territory of the modesty. The hair betrays us. We can shave it, pluck it, it will always come back, revealing our instincts, reminding the primates in us.”