Lydia Debeer's practice explores how the spatial dynamics of architecture and landscape change our perception and interpretation of reality. She alters existing places, changing them through modest interventions, which take the form of films or live and recorded sounds. These are not considered documents of existing places, but abstract and immersive filmic and sonic landscapes in which the spectator or listener is exposed to their own associative memory.
Her latest video installation, 25, was made at the Basilica van het Heilig Hart in Brussels, Belgium – a catholic church constructed in the 1930s. The Basilica functions as a symbol and becomes almost interchangeable with other churches in Europe’s collective memory, such as Sacré Coeur de Montmartre in Paris. Due to the fog between her camera and the church, the work surpasses the specificities of time and place, leaving room for the viewer to engage with it on a direct and personal level.
During her stay in London, Debeer will research how to portray London’s rich architectural heritage, while at the same time achieving a sense of placeless-ness. In doing so, she will focus on the underlying spatial qualities of buildings and the emotions they evoke, rather than their recognisable architectural features.
Lydia Debeer lives and works in Antwerp. After completing a Master in Fine Arts, she received a two year postgraduate education at HISK in Ghent. In November 2016, she received the second prize at Art'Contest, a Belgian art prize for artists under 35. Her recent exhibitions include Imaginig places: Archisculpture at the Tallinn Photomonth Biennale, Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder, Art'Contest, Brussels, THIS IS WATER, Ikono TV, Berlin, Paratext, Barcelona, special project of Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Marres Currents #2, Maastricht, New Now (2015), Amsterdam. Residencies include Hangar Barcelona and Overtoon, Brussels.
Lydia Debeer's residency is supported by Kunsten en Erfgoed.