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Beyond Borders. Isabel Miquel Arqués in dialogue with Karen Blixen

Book Launch & Artist Talk: Sunday 20 March, 2 pm (doors open 1:30 pm)
Exhibition > 26 March 2022
Geukens & De Vil, ANTWERP


Isabel Miquel Arques
Karen Blixen
Catherine Lefebvre

On the occasion of the publication of Beyond Borders. Isabel Miquel Arqués in dialogue with Karen Blixen, Geukens & De Vil organises an artist talk on Sunday 20/03. Catherine Lefebvre (director of the Karen Blixen Museum in Copenhagen from 2009 to 2019) will talk to Isabel Miquel Arqués about her personal approach to Blixen's world.
Talk at 2 pm (sharp) - Doors open from 1:30 pm
Followed by a signing session over a drink
In English
Registration via
The accompanying exhibition will run until 26/03 and can be visited during normal opening hours


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Beyond Borders. Isabel Miquel Arqués in dialogue with Karen Blixen is published by Ludion and is part of a trilogy that is an artistic dialogue between the artist and female icons such as Karen Blixen, Virginia Woolf and Georgia O'Keeffe. In the first part of this trilogy, Isabel links her own life to that of the Danish writer Karen Blixen by means of photographs, screen prints and short fragments of prose and poetry. Arqués interweaves the impressions that she gathered in Blixen's house, world, novels and biography into a new story of poetic images.


On the occasion of the publication Beyond Borders. Isabel Miquel Arqués in dialogue with Karen Blixen, Ludion and the artist launch a limited collector’s edition.
This edition (ed. of 100) includes a signed and numbered screen print on canvas as a bookcase. The screen print is made by hand, which makes it unique.
Price: 300 EUR. 
More info via a touch of art or

Isabel Miquel Arques (°1963) is a Spanish artist currently working and living in Antwerp. At the age of ten, she got her first camera from her father, an entrepreneur and amateur photographer. After working in Barcelona, Amsterdam and London with, amongst others Ilan Wolff, an expert in camera obscura, Isabel moved to Belgium to forge her own path, searching for the soul of the medium photography. Averse to a technically accurate reproduction, the artist resolutely opts for the imperfection of experimentation, paying close attention to materiality, transparency, texture and tactility. This manifested itself for the first time in the exhibition Agitation (2012 - Ingrid Deuss Gallery), in which Isabel showed works that are printed on old, yellowed and torn newsprints, only to culminate in her recent solo A Study on Movement and Imperfections (2021 - Ingrid Deuss Gallery). Here be Lions (2015 - Ingrid Deuss Gallery), a project inspired by Toon Tellegen's Letters to Sleeping Beauty, had already made it clear that Isabel is a true storyteller, and her Music Box (an audiovisual contribution to the KADS - Art At The Schinkel in 2015 by the Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, Amsterdam) further confirmed that, which earned her in 2019 an invitation by Catherine Lefebvre to work at the Karen Blixen Museum in Copenhagen. This resulted in the current Beyond Borders - Isabel Miquel Arques in dialogue with Karen Blixen.   
Catherine Lefebvre is a passionate writer, curator and above all ambassador for Danish cultural heritage. After having been curator for six years at the Danish Contemporary Art Foundation (1997-2003), she brought contemporary art to the Karen Blixen Museum in Copenhagen. During her ten year tenure as director (2009-2019), she created unique exhibitions, such as In Your Words, with Nanna Debois Buhl and Brendan Fernandes, and Not About Karen Blixen, with Michelle Eistrup, James Muruiki and Stefan Saffer, among others. In 2012, she organised the BAT-conference (Bridging Art and Text) at the museum, which resulted in a publication published by the Gyldendal Publishing Company. Since 2021, Lefebvre has been project manager classical music at the Danish SNYK, the national centre for contemporary, experimental music, sound art and classical music.


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