1 October 17:00
Bookstore Pro Gression # 13 // Khurtova & Bourlanges
Cephea’s whispering stones
1st - 23rd October
Opening 1st October Saturday
17:00 - 20:00

At the Bookstore Space the visual artists duo Khurtova & Bourlanges presents a new chapter of their current project “the Sky is on the Earth”.

Since April 2014 the duo has been researching, intervening and interacting with the found archive of Jacques Bourlanges, author of a subjective theory of a correlation between star constellations and French geography. Jacques’ investigation connects esoteric symbols with long forgotten history of villages and mountain names by mirroring geometric figures of stars onto the French landscape.

Khurtova and Bourlanges have developed sculptural translations based on a peculiar text of Jacques dedicated to the constellation of Cephea. Playing with the double etymology of Cephea as “stone” and “head”, the duo explores the fictional narratives superimposed on natural elements like stones, and attempt to give them back their own “voice”. Referring to ritual practices with healing stones found in the Cévennes region of France, Khurtova and Bourlanges experiment with pouring water over real and artificial stones, enabling them to “whisper”. The resulting installation creates a live sound scape generated by the matter itself.

Marie Ilse Bourlanges (FR) and Elena Khurtova (RU) have been working together as an artists duo based in Amsterdam (NL). Their practice is directed towards a (re)activation of a play between matter and memory. Their current project “the Sky is on the Earth” echoes the fragility of physical traces that one leaves behind, as well as the ones layered on our physical environment by higher forces.

This project is made possible by the support of Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Stokroos, and started with a six months residency in Atelier Holsboer at la Cité des Arts, Paris.

Gallery works
Wednesday 11:00 - 14:00
Saturday 11:00 - 14:00
Sunday 15:00 - 18:00


BOOKSTORE SPACE continues the Pro-Gression programme in 2016. The programme has been realised with the support of the Leuwenstein Foundation and was established to give a new face to the existing BOOKSTORE gallery and to offer opportunities to artists at the beginning of their careers.
The new programme will feature work by a refreshing artist of the new generation every 5 weeks. The programme is curated by the artist Justina Nekrašaitė.