Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Blackout, Before publication 10, brochure, black/white, colors, 44 pages – single booklet, 17,2 x 23,5 cm, offset, stapled binding – published in the Before publication collection, which gathers several authors’ texts or artists’ inserts, which appear regularly and until the final publication, L’Effet papillon II (second volume of L’Effet papillon, 1989 – 2007, catalogue of the Centre d’édition contemporaine published in 2008). Graphic design: Niels Wehrspann, Lausanne. Edition of the Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva, 2023. ISBN: 978-2-9701369-8-9
It all started with a letter to my father. It had been about ten years since his death, and I suddenly felt like writing to him about the silence, his silence, the silence between us. It started in 2020, as a necessity. The silence, then, was striking. It resonated with other erased voices, other voids, other emotions. I thought I would not be able to stop. Neither diary, nor essay, nor short story, Blackout is a weaving, a braid made of these lines of silence, and tells, in fragments, the story of a dispossession, of an entry into darkness.
Yann Chateigné Tytelman is an author and curator living in Brussels. He was an artistic advisor at MORPHO, Antwerp; curator at KANAL – Centre Pompidou, Brussels (2019–2021); head of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Geneva (2009-2017) and of the programming at CAPC Museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux (2007–2009). He recently organized Four Sisters (Jewish Museum of Belgium, Brussels, 2023), A Glittering Ruin Sucked Upwards (HISK, Brussels, 2022), Gordon Matta-Clark: Material Thinking (Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2019-2021) and By repetition, you start noticing details in the landscape (Le Commun, Geneva, 2019). He has contributed to Conceptual Fine Arts, Mousse and Spike and co-edited Almanac Ecart. A collective archive, 1969-2019 (HEAD-Geneva/ art&fiction, 2019).