Lieven Lefere

Dieter Debruyne

The series I never promised you a horizon (2014) and A more elevated scene (Looking West) (2014) are an obstinate commentary on the romantic landscape sigh at the end of the 18th and the first half of the 19th century. The romantics were looking for vast, overwhelming nature views. They searched for vantage points from which the landscape unfolds in the eye in its most picturesque or sublime character and tried to capture their experience in painting or poetry. The photographer selects here a radically different perspective that recalls the statement of Le Corbusier; The vertical gives meaning to the horizontal. He built a viewing device that allows us to look at the horizon in a different way. Opposed to the horizontality and the vastness of the romantic landscape art he puts a vertical line that does not dominate the picture but the frame. Lefere focuses on the cut in the middle of the image and not on the landscape behind it. He emphasizes the frame that inevitably frames the viewing. In addition to the images taken from the viewing device, he also shows an idealized wooden model of the viewing device – a prototype that invites the viewer to imagine another horizon experience. As a posthumous tribute to the understanding of Le Corbusier, Lefere wants to emphasize that the landscape and thus the horizon is a product of the interaction between the built and the unbuilt. Just like the photographic image is always the result of the interaction between frame and object or between device and reality.


Golden dawn reversed

I never promised you a horizon V

Exhibition view

The promise

La raison des ombres