Beyond Borders: Isabel Miquel Arqués in Dialogue with Karen Blixen
Isabel Miquel Arqués
In Beyond Borders, the artist Isabel Miquel Arqués enters a dialogue with Karen Blixen (1885–1962), the Danish author who wrote under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen and whose best-known books, Out of Africa and Babette’s Feast, were turned into successful movies. Arqués uses stunning photographs, screen prints and striking fragments of prose and poetry to link her own life with Blixen’s.
She paid several visits to Rungstedlund, the author’s former home and now a museum, where she photographed objects that Blixen used every day. These triggered a parallel and highly personal story in Arqués’ own imagination, which gradually intertwined with that of Karen Blixen herself. Beyond Borders is the visual translation of the impressions Arqués formed in Blixen’s house, everyday surroundings, novels and biography, all of which led in turn to new poetic images.
Isabel Miquel Arqués is a Spanish artist who lives and works in Antwerp.