An (almost) perfect day | Anne De Gelas | Granta Magazine

An (almost) perfect day

Anne De Gelas

My work allowed me to release the powerful desire and anger that was crackling in the hollows of my despair. Mourning is an experience of both life and love, and I tried to include all its contradictory aspects: the suffering, the transformation of family life, the sudden solitude, the anger, the people left behind, along with the banality of the day-to-day, the loss of a loved one’s physical presence, exhaustion, brief moments of clarity, the constant change, the ongoing struggle.

This all came as part of a therapeutic process, an attempt to overcome my personal suffering, a kind of convalescence. My work has always focused on everyday aspects of simple but upsetting events – this project is both the continuation of that and its violent end. And yet, when I started to share my work, I realised it had moved beyond my own little tale of suffering; it was able to touch other people, it even widened, a little, the meaning of mourning itself.


Photographs © Anne De Gelas and Neutral Grey

Anne De Gelas

Anne De Gelas is a Belgian artist and photographer. She studied photography at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts de l'image, and since 1994 has been exhibiting work in highly personal shows. Le Caillou Bleu published a book of her work, L'Amoureuse, in 2013. Her most recent series is ‘Mère et fils’.

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