For several years, Jérémie Bennequin erases some literary masterpieces, starting with the text of Marcel Proust, In search of lost time (À la recherche du temps perdu). As a self-imposed constraint the French artist gum a page a day of this monumental book with an ink rubber. He slowly and rigorously progresses through the «White collection» of this edition which was published by Gallimard in a series of seven volumes. Once erased, the fragments of the deleted text are scanned and then republished. The re-printed ruined text includes scattered letters, solitary syllables, fragments of sometimes entirely legible words, glimpses of sentences and even scraps of thoughts. His work includes the erased pages and the shavings left over from the exhausted ink rubbers. The last artist book of Bennequin is a manual of instructions carefully detailing the correct approach to make an absurd work like this.
In this lecture at Leeds Beckett University Jérémie Bennequin presented the ambiguity of his artistic erasing work titled Ommage (between an « hommage » and a « gommage ») : a scriptoclastic practice which regularly gives rise to conferences, exhibitions and performances in France (Palais de Tokyo, galerie du jour agnès b., MAC/VAL...) and abroad (Leopold-Hoesch Museum of Düren, Royal Museum of Mariemont...). The artist book publications (Le Hasard n’abolira jamais un coup de dés, omage, éditions Yvon Lambert, 2014 ; Du côté de chez Swann, & : Christophe Daviet-Thery, 2012...) and the original art works of Bennequin are held in numerous public and private collections (Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art of Paris, Reina Sofia Museum of Madrid, MOMA of New York, Reiner Speck collection...)