Liesbet Grupping

Curators, Dries Segers

This cold december month I will select some artists working with the concept of photographic images.  They are focussing on photography more as a strategy than an objective. I’ll start with Liesbet Grupping who is part of the show ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy – Part Photography’ at de Directeurswoning (Roeselare), curated by stilll gallery  in which we’ll both be at show until january 2016. Her work interests me a lot because of its possibility to create images inside your own head instead of just registering the directly visible. The work is the trigger, you are the creator. Sometimes she lets the medium do it’s work. Sometimes she is only a observer of the result. These images are some kind of ‘Frankenstein creation’ for there is little control over the endresult. It just becomes what it wants to become.

 Liesbet Grupping:    “I generate images that question the codes of today’s photography. By making use of deconstructive methodologies I reconstruct new images that generate questions on both the making process as well as the content of the images.In my work I do not use photography to draw conclusions. I rather deploy photography as a means to clarify the different aspects of phenomena as well as the mental concepts one uses when observing the environment. Through my work I endeavour to demonstrate that there is no such thing as a single ‘true’ reality. Every action, be it consciously or not, can lead to new insights.”


Evaporating picture is a projection of a slide filled with water. The heat of the projector makes the image evolve almost unnoticeably: the evaporating water slowly creates air bubbles which progressively blend. The image triggers associations with a frozen surface. Thus the distance between the image and the depicted reality fades away.

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With the work ‘zicht met maanlicht’ (2011) Liesbet opened a JPG-file in Microsoft Word and printed out the new “translated” photograph. Letters, numbers and symbols created a rhythm on the pile of paper and have no clear relationship with the photograph presented next to it. A computer based impression. The photograph which is shot has the same trouble reading as the word-document. The photograph is light-weighted and hangs on the wall, however the stack of paper is lying and has a heavy impression. This work is part of the show ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy – Part Photography’(DS)

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The work Analogy (2012 – …) consists of several rolls of film (negative, dia, b&w, 120) shot with specific themes: seaside, yellow cars, Joachim Koester, anonymous, 22 May,… . The film reels are not developed and have latent photographs on it + title. How many there are you will never know, neither what is photographed nor  where it is photographed. You can only presume. This work takes place inside the head of the viewer. The only image that gets created while looking at this work is an imaginary. You can not grab it, you can not share it. And if you want to share it you need to use words. You have to rely on your memory  and create associations in your ‘mind palace’. (DS)

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Wind – a self-constructed pinhole camera (a black bag with a hole) was let carried away with the wind in an attempt to capture the airflow in an image.

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    Hi, 2015 gives instructions to the spectator. The image invites the spectator to lift his head and to say ‘hi’ to someone. Hi, 2015 recalls to capture the everyday act of communication, anno 2015. Hi, 2015 is presented on the ground, on a table or in a publication, to define the angle.

Liesbet Grupping is currenty showing ‘zicht met maanlicht’ and ‘analogy’ in the exhibition ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy – Part Photography’ at de Directeurswoning (Roeselare), curated by stilll gallery untill 10/01/16