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C’est toi que j’aime à travers vous


Il y a quelques années, un fait divers m’avait interpellée : un couple était en instance de divorce car chacun d’eux avait une relation sur internet. Or leurs amants virtuels n’étaient autres qu’eux-mêmes ! Quand ils l’ont découvert ils ont voulu divorcer. J’étais intriguée par ces gens qui étaient tombés amoureux deux fois, ce qui m’a inspiré il y a bien 6 ou 7 ans une nouvelle, que voici :

C’est toi que j’aime à travers vous

Ils sont descendus du train à l’aube. Après un voyage de nuit fort chaotique à travers la France et l’Italie du Nord, l’arrivée semble un soulagement qu’ils n’attendaient plus. Sans oublier leurs précieuses valises, ils descendent du monstre apaisé et mettent les pieds sur ce sol tant attendu, tant rêvé.

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Praha 31, photograph by Viona Ielegems: http://www.viona-art.com/

Graveyards and the City


When I was a child, I was afraid of graveyards – and skeletons. They reminded me too much of death. I thought that if I liked something related to death, death would become more meaningful and I did want to negate it.

I avoided graveyards as much as I could, for instance I looked in the other direction each time I had to walk past one, and felt really uncomfortable when I had to enter a cemetary.

However as I grew up, I got more and more inclined towards darker styles, and felt a strange fascination with graveyard scenes in books, then graveyards themselves. I guess trying to embrace such symbols is a way of coping with mortality for me, better than shunning it. It doesn’t work that much, but I have discovered a lot of amazing artworks and places!

When I was a student, my English teacher asked us to make presentations related to the city. I did one on cemeteries.

I began my presentation with a riddle: “There is one in nearly each city. It’s a place full of history, art, architecture, inspiration, nature and crowded with famous people. Guess what I am talking about!”

Nobody guessed. Then I spoke about the London Magnificent Seven, the Tophet in Carthage, Jewish cemeteries, San Michele in Venice, I told them about wildlife and nature in abandoned cemeteries and I shew them some paintings with cemeteries.

More articles to come! The next one: The Graveyard Scene!

(image: Olsany Cemetery, Prague. Praha 31, photograph by Viona Ielegems: http://www.viona-art.com/)