Adele Renault is fascinated by the inconspicuous beauty of everyday objects and subjects and observes closely those things and people that are often not considered worthy of a second look. She paints portraits of the elderly and the homeless, but she is probably best known for her fascination with pigeons. With her new exhibition “#CAMPTHEPIGEON” this fascination finds a new contemporary dimension as it was born out of social media platform Instagram. While browsing through the popular application, Renault accidentally stumbled onto an account of a pigeon called Camp. The description of the account was as follows: “High-class Chicago pigeon. Discarded as an egg by window installers who destroyed the nest, then found by an unexpecting couple.” Renault was immediately intrigued and became an avid follower of @campthepigeon, and, over time, became friends with Camp’s surrogate parents.
The exhibition “#CAMPTHEPIGEON” consist of a series of portraits of Camp the Pigeon in a human, urban environment. On Instagram he can be seen standing on the edge of a laptop screen, taking a bath in the kitchen sink, or chilling on a dog’s head. Camp embodies what Renault has always found fascinating in street pigeons; their similarities with humans in the way that they have striking attitude, and their ability to flourish in an urban environment.
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