Christine Rebet, 'Postcards to Jean-Jacques Lévêque,' Peeping Tom's Digest No. 4: Paris (Le Grand and beyond), 2016
In October 2013, I went to a housewarming party in a large, empty apartment in the 10th arrondissement in Paris. At the end of the evening, Reina and Aurélien, the hosts, offered up some boxes of books belonging to the previous owner, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 80. Impressed by the selection that I left with, I was curious to know the identity of the collector. 'The oeuvre can't live, see daylight, until the author has passed away. It's his second life.' wrote this phantom inhabitant. It was Jean-Jacques Lévêque, novelist, art critic, and curator. All along his intellectual journey, Jean-Jacques Lévêque was surrounded by an architecture of books tinged by history, archeology, art and literature, edifices of words and images that faced me that night and that continue to edify themselves before me and in my own mind. Could this second intellectual life, the life of collection be approached as the 'after-life' of a library or a library of an oeuvre's future?
Selection of images from the eponymous forthcoming book: photographic diptychs associating the text of an author with the image of a book extracted from the box of the collector. The comparison of the text and image permits glimpses of mirrors of moments, echoes of lives lived or reinvented.