Isabelle Detournay

Portrait of Hanumanth-Jaipur

photography on aluminium
20 x 20 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2005
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

After studying as a social worker, Isabelle Detournay gradually discovered a way to visually express her concerns and her encounters with people said to be “ordinary”. She looked at social classes which are sometimes marginalized (the elderly, young mentally handicapped people, impoverished families...), she travelled (Stanton Family series in Massachussetts or Ousteri one in India) and then came back with a photographic work created around the regulars of a café in the Marolles area of Brussels. Since then, she has pursued a series of intimate portraits in India and within her close circle of friends and family. Something that excels from her latest work on a group of majorettes in a village in Hainaut (2006) or her report on some workmen in the Schaerbeek area of Brussels (2012). The photo acquired for the SPACE collection is a picture of the chef in the hotel where she stayed at Jaipur, Hanumanth. It is one of the portraits that the artist created during her numerous trips to India. The photos were taken with the aim of becoming souvenirs and as the artist explains, “without any preparation, they posed for a long time and furtively within the moment and the surroundings…”. (Genaro Marcos)


Lives and works in Brussels