Entre chien et loup (At Twilight)
13/04 - 5/06/16

En français | NL versie


© Beata Szparagowska, from series “Entre chien et loup”, 2013-2015

It is one or two o’clock in the morning. Not very long ago the sun finally set below the horizon, and soon it will rise again. It’s the middle of the night, but it’s not pitch black. Everything is reflected shades of blue. Everything is bathed in a twilight that is neither the night before nor the night to come. In its slow, prolonged twilight, the Finnish landscape offers me a space to inhabit and explore at my own speed. I am almost alone. Around me, all living things have slowed down, ready to enter the world of sleep. Before my eyes the landscape becomes blurred, shapes darken and the visible dissolves into the darkness.

This drab light frightens and intrigues me. I want to nestle in its thickness.
Sitting in front of the house, I look around me. I see someone go into the forest but I can’t make out the features on their face.
It’s important to be on a journey, to take a few steps, then a few more. Carefully at first, then gradually with more confidence. Walking on this sticky velvet, plunging into it as you would into unknown, cloudy water.
Where are the frontiers of this world? You break through them to feel something between your fingers and to be able, finally, to stop on something.
You go towards the shore, then down the path, then you take the short cut through the forest. Then you follow the path through the sleeping enclosures. Sometimes a dog barks and others answer it. Night which is not night, the water lilies close. Something crackles under your feet. A sudden beating of wings. Then the silence returns.
Little by little, I rediscover my own footprints. The trampled grass. A broken twig. An image retained under my eyelids. A light that has fallen to the back of my eyes. So, it is true, I am here.

(Text by Beata Szparagowska with Jean Marchetti, written for her exhibition at the Salon d’Art in 2014)

Translation: Chris Bourne

Beata Szparagowska exhibits photos taken in Finland in 2013 and 2015.

Her work obtained an honourable mention from the jury at “Propositions d’artistes 2015” organised by Contretype.

Beata Szparagowska was born in 1978, in Poznan, Poland. She lives and works in Brussels.


Formation en Petite Œuvre Multimédia avec Wilfrid Estève et Virginie Terrasse du studio Hans Lucas

Workshop « Aux limites de l’acte photographique : le journal intime » avec Antoine d’Agata, Rencontres d’Arles

Etudes à l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts de l’Image « Le 75 » à Bruxelles (section : photographie), mention : grande distinction

Exhibitions (selection):

« Hide & Seek », asbl La Carotte, Bruxelles

« Studio Matonge », centre AE, Bruxelles
« Entre chien et loup », Salon d’Art (Bruxelles)

« Hide & Seek », Théâtre de l’Oiseau Mouche, Roubaix, France « Hide & Seek », Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris

« Hide & Seek », Montevidéo, Marseille, festival ActOral
« Hide & Seek », Échangeur, Château-Thierry, festival C’est comme ça !
« Hide & Seek », galerie Short Cuts, Namur
« Hide & Seek », Flagey, Bruxelles

« Cisza », Salon d’Art, Bruxelles

« Studio Matonge », Théâtre de Namur

« Sans-Papiers », Fnac, Louvain

Collective exhibitions: cf. Website


Archipelago Artist in Residence in Korpo, Finlande

Arteles Creative Center, Finlande

« L’L », lieu de recherche et d’accompagnement pour la jeune création, Bruxelles


Projet d’ateliers de photographie pour seniors soutenu par la Fondation Roi Baudouin (Fonds Alain De Pauw)

Lauréate d’une bourse d’artiste de Wallonie-Bruxelles International

Lauréate de la bourse de la Fondation SmartBe
Lauréate « Jeune Artiste » de La Libre Belgique

Lauréate du concours SFR Jeunes Talents Rencontres d’Arles

Lauréate du concours Emerging Talents from Belgian Schools of Photography