Vacant Possession Portrait of a Village

details i-iv 2011

light-based installation

mirror spotlight

Dora Maar House, Ménerbes France

Jane Boyd

These images, including two details, describe an assortment of mirrors lent for the period of the exhibition ‘Vacant Possession Portrait of a Village’.  It took place in 2011 at Dora Maar House named after the artist who lived and worked here.  Her photograph is permanently sited in the window and is an integral part of the installation.  Each of the mirrors has been chosen and lent by a person local to the small village of Ménerbes, as a response to a leaflet distributed throughout the community.   Each mirror reflects and frames the shape and character of another caused by refracted light; their usual reflection of a person or thing is absent as each mirror becomes host to that of an unknown neighbour.  This work is about transition and movement within a community and how this effects a future which is contingent on the past.  A short video has been produced from photos made of the work while it was being documented – view it here


In 2011 Jane Boyd was Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, a fellowship programme which is administered by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Jane Boyd

Jane Boyd

Jane Boyd

Jane Boyd