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Published in December 2023

Birde Vanheerswynghels ‘A Glimpse Is All I Need’

Birde Vanheerswynghels ‘A Glimpse Is All I Need’

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96 pages, 21 cm × 29.7 cm

ISBN 978 94 9126 259 3

Text: Dagmar Dirkx (NL/EN)

Birde Vanheerswynghels (b. 1986) is best recognized for her monumental charcoal drawings of semi-imaginary, lush plant worlds. She based these mostly on historical documentation and stories of European ‘explorers’ but eventually went on a virtual journey herself to create new, fictional images.

Since 2020, Birde has been working on a series of portraits of her ‘chosen queer family’. The characters in the works are not portraits in the sense that they are made after life, but are based on photographs, a colour, a movement or a gesture. Initially Birde created her portraits in charcoal or green pigment on paper, but in 2022 she made the move to work with oil on canvas.

The book ‘A Glimpse is all I need’ brings together a nice selection of works from these last 10 years and includes a thoughtful text by Dagmar Dirkx, especially written for the book.

Posture Editions offers 5 backpacks in combination with the book, more info.

The book is realised with the support of the Flemish Government.

The book was launched at NICC 12.01.2024

Complementing the book launch, Birde creates a display in the NICC Vitrine and curates a performance programme on Valentine’s Day (14/02 at 7 p.m.) with performers Cléo Totti and Jivan van der Ende.

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