Alexis Destoop Northern Drift
Anthropological travel diary meets retro-futuristic sci-fi in the cold, barren landscape north of the Arctic Circle.
Around the borders of Norway and Russia the harsh landscape is scattered with watch towers, the shining new Gazprom petrol stations and the remnants of the Cold War. The region is the ancient homeland of the indigenous Sami people and at the same time a hotspot of future geopolitics. In the face of climate change, which nations have their eye on the sought-after land of the North?
Northern Drift is an exploration of uncharted territory, time and space, and one that eschews undue categorisation. An anthropological travel diary and a retro-futuristic sci-fi story at once. A study of geography as a quintessentially human construction. A labyrinth in which past and future intersect.
After studying Philosophy in Belgium, Alexis Destoop acquired his postgraduate degree in Photography in France. Today he lives and works between Brussels and Sydney. In his video art, Destoop investigates images and representations as a language for questioning the friction between fact and fiction. For a number of years now the notion of the landscape as a manufactured artefact has often been at the forefront of Destoop’s line of questioning.
Followed by a talk between Alexis Destoop and writer and editor Emiliano Battista.
As part of ‘We Love You’, a multidisciplinary programme on love beyond the romantic and the self - sep oct nov dec 2019.