Starting with a blank sheet, in the literal sense of the term, then, through a series of apparently simple processes — crumpling, embossing, folding, pasting — unfurling thoughts and feelings. That, each in their own way, is what Keen Souhlal and Li Hongbo do, two artists of the same generation and from very different cultural backgrounds. With her Norman and Kabyle roots, Keen lives and works in Paris, while Hongbo was born and grew up in China. While their starting points and their artistic career paths remain exceptional, their works seem to come together and enter into a fascinating dialogue; a form of silent conversation.
Both tackle paper, first and foremost, from the point of view of its materiality.