The Vlaamse Leergangen was a beautiful building
opposite the city hall of Leuven, Belgium. Unlike its neighbors,
Hulleputtegebouw and Hotel d’Eynatten, it did not receive monumental status. In
2016 the building was demolished to make space for a more modern construction.
Before the Vlaamse Leergangen disappeared, Peeters
made a flux installation for the local visual arts festival Ithaka. After
converting one of the rooms into a darkroom, she printed a photograph of the
building onto the wall. Unlike most images, this depiction was not fixated.
When light entered the room, the photograph began to fade. Visitors of the
festival witnessed the transformation. By the time Itaka came to and end,
the image of the Vlaamse Leergangen had fully disappeared.
Who decides what can be preserved and what can be
forgotten? Peeters analysed this quest by making use of analogue photography, a
historical process that is also under threat as technological advances move
further into the digital.
images & installation
– Ithaka 21 Visual Arts Festival (2013), Leuven, Belgium
– Heleen Peeters - A World of Visions, Urbanautica, January 2015 • read here – Ithaka 21, 64 pages, exhibition catalogue, 2013 • read here – Guest at Cult! Radio Scorpio, March 25th 2013 • listen here