Julie Peeters, Daybed
Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
With the participation of RareBooksParis, BILL, Helen Van de Vloet, Le Cinéma Club, OK-RM and others to come
From 8 July to 24 October the exhibition Daybed presents an overview of the research and work in progress of graphic designer Julie Peeters. Her approach can be defined as “image-heavy”: it revolves around the printed image, studies of visual archives and the results generated by their appropriation. BILL, the annual magazine she founded in 2017, is a sort of manifesto of Peeters’ obsessive investigation of the image, focusing exclusively on a chain of photographic stories and narratives, with no text. This continuous interpretation of images is based on a multidisciplinary approach which, in the exhibition, takes shape through the daybed, an object adopting numerous functions: a furnishing element that becomes a platform of encounter and conversation with a series of guests. The daybed is part of Peeters’ work routine: it assists and collaborates with the designer, whilst also being a space which frames, presents, articulates and disarticulates ongoing experiments and proposals. Divided into different chapters, the exhibition will include smaller scale interventions joining in as the show evolves and will feature an intense dialogue between Brussels and Rome. The first chapter is a presentation on the Martin Margiela archives of RareBooksParis and the making of BILL magazine, unfolding a friendship within printed matter. RareBooksParis is an Instagram account founded by an ex-fashion designer who keeps his identity private and which showcases a selection of pages from rare out-of-print publications and fashion collectable books. Original photographs, lookbooks, items of clothing, accessories, books, magazine press clippings, boots, photocopies, and printing sheets will be shown on the “blank page” of the daybed.
Subsequent chapters will be revealed once the show has started, giving Peeters the chance to bring in accidental encounters alongside projects she has already undertaken. The interventions taking place on and around the daybed will be documented by a camera recording the evolution of the exhibition. The documentation will be printed in a publication, thus circling back to the importance of images.