“In riding a horse we borrow freedom” Helen Thompson
The festival of Saint Eloi is the inspiration and starting point for the work. Typically Provençal, the festival honours St Eloi, the patron saint of goldsmiths and blacksmiths. The festival traditionally unites villagers around the horse and is an opportunity for Provençal villages to show off the strength and beauty of their horses/carts and the skills of their owners.
In August 2013, Louise was invited by French artists Tadlachance as artist-in-residence to immerse herself into the equestrian culture of Cuges Les Pins, documenting the daily lives of people who use horses for work, for leisure and for tourism. She made a series of images (here) that explore the importance of horses to the community of Cuges Les Pins that were subsequently exhibited in a street installation on the route of the 2014 St Eloi cavalcade.
More photos of the installation can be found here on Wideyeds Facebook page