The duo-practice of Bourlanges and Khurtova is positioned at the intersection between formal and conceptual, where materiality and temporality play an essential role. Their work explores the paradox between transformation and its inherent loss, in a format that varies from large-scale transient installations and performances, transformative sculptures, and the artist book.
In 2018 the duo finalized a four-years project entitled The Sky is on the Earth based on the inherited archive of Jacques Bourlanges, author of a correlation between star constellations and French geography. From explorations of the urge to preserve – that ultimately destroys – to the destruction of the source in order to create something new; from tampering with things so they remain the same to artists’ books that fade in sunlight; from terracotta boxes that ultimately turn to dust – and consequently back into clay – Bourlanges and Khurtova explore what it means to archive an already archived archive, continually reconfiguring the meaning of the words archive, permanence and history.
Khurtova & Bourlanges’ work has been exhibited internationally, among others in Looiersgracht 60 (NL), Arti & Amicitiae (NL), Kunsthalle Lottozero (IT) and Korean Ceramic Biennale. In conjunction with their artistic practice, they teach at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague (NL).
In 2019 Bourlanges and Khurtova were awarded the prestigious grant “Proven talent” from the Mondriaan Funds (NL) and the artistic research fellowship of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.