'Lockdown Flowery Souvenir' Emile Kufel Text

‘A self-attestation was required to leave one’s home in France during the period of self-isolation related to the Covid-19 epidemic. Printed out or copied by hand, millions of French people had to comply with this bureaucratic burden on a daily basis or face a fine of at least €135.’

Emile Kufel is an engineer-architect graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and is an alumnus of the 2019 class of the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture.  He lives in Arras in the north of France where he is part of the Works department of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) as a Project Manager.

He decided to vastly improve his last piece of documentation by transforming it into a piece of art that would poetically remind him of this difficult period. This work is the meeting of two of the hobbies he developed during this period which are watercolor and gardening. The flowers he represented are the fushias, the jonquils and pansies that he grew on his balcony. These three varieties of plants were in full bloom from March to May 2020 in the region where Emile lives.