La Carte de Tendre was a 17th Century French map of an imaginary land called Tendre. It depicts the "geography of love" according to the Precieuses of that era: the River of Inclination flows past the villages of "Billet Doux" (Love Letter), "Petits Soins" (Pampering), and intrepid travelers brave the dangers of "Le Lac d’Indiference" (Lake of Indifference).
The villages, roads, and topographic features in this allegorical representation trace the myriad facets of love and its associated perils. Andrée and I revisit the map of love and propose a new reading of the La Carte de Tendre with video, installations and performance.
photos by: Tan Ngiap Heng and Lynn Lu
Andrée and I whisper simultaneously in the ears of our visitors, the story of how we met the respective loves of our lives.