Conference of the Birds

‘Conference of the Birds’ shows an outtake from an analysis of the correlation between time and place and of the historical Iranian landscape. How do places appear and disappear? How do we attach meaning to a certain site and in what way photography can deal with deconstructed icons in comparison to the (a-)historical palm tree sticking out its tongue? 

A small desert village has been photographed obsessively and captured from every angle possible. Elements are positioned in the frame so that they are repeated in the next. 

The photographs move in closely to the landscape of a palm tree village. The village is small and serene. Palm trees appear all over the place, they are burned, bend, dry and dead. They resemble pillars and artefacts that are left behind on various historical sites and they can be associated with land art installations.

Sybren Vanoverberghe (°1996, Kortrijk) is an artist based in Ghent, Belgium. His work functions as an analysis of the correlation between place and time and the ever recurring cycle of history. He searches for elements of myths, nature and heritage both within ordinary sites as in places of historical  importance. By what process do we attach meaning to these locations? His practice deconstructs sites and brings together icons to form a new unity of the present. Vanoverberghe his work has been published in books such as 2099 (2018) and Conference Of The Birds (2019) by APE. His work has been shortlisted for the PHMuseum Grant, he received the Prix Horlait Dapsens and his work was part of the .tiff selection by the FOMU Antwerp. He has exhibited solo at RIOT, Stieglitz19, Unseen and BredaPhoto. Vanoverberghe has collaborated with fashion brand Ann Demeulemeester and his work has been published on American Suburb X, Paper Journal, and GUP Magazine. He co founded artist run-spaces Pinguin in Brussels and NO/Gallery in Ghent. In November his work will be on show for the first time in China, Yangzhou.

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