Lydia Debeer





"The appearance of Debeer’s video works is as austere as it is effective in its results. With no obvious tricks and seemingly without editing, with her camera Debeer tracks a collection of blind spots: those of the camera, but also those of human vision. She thus achieves a gaze that is not even human: it is the gaze of objects, of technology and of architecture, which, not being human, constitute themselves as humans. It is therefore a posthuman gaze, that of matter itself. Matter is in charge of organizing the daily life of the human species, which will never again be able to proclaim itself to be autonomous or omniscient."

Excerpt from 'Lydia Debeer. The Posthuman Gaze' by Oriol Fontdevilla, April 2016

"Lydia Debeer’s work is often ambiguous. The images she uses evoke a reality that is susceptible to more than one explanation. Her work poses the issue of the reliability of perception and the interpretation of reality. Does reality determine what we perceive, or is it the other way around, and does our perception determine reality? Only by means of perception and experience (that consists of repeated acts of perception), are we capable of building up a world view that coincides with our intuitions, such as our sense of gravity and balance, the difference between up and down, light and dark, front and back, left, right, space and movement, etc."

Excerpt of Frank Lubbers' text for the publication 'The Empty Foxhole', October 2016

Featured events



09/09/2021 03/10/2021
Gosset site, Brussel, BE HISK - Alumnitentoonstelling
Dearest Strangers Lydia Hannah Debeer
ZNA Sint-Elisabeth, Antwerpen, BE Tentoonstelling
Ontwerp Finaal Recto
Ontsteking, Gent, BE Tentoonstelling

B-Sides and Rarities

08/04/2023 29/04/2023
FRED&FERRY, Antwerpen, BE Tentoonstelling