/12 River

Debby Huysmans


Debby Huysmans shows a photographic research on forgotten and isolated
communities in Siberia. The two longest rivers of Siberia, the Yenisey and Lena,
guided the photographer through the desolated area in search of individuals who
experience this area as their biotope and the marks they leave in the landscape that
surrounding them. Remainders of dreams of the past and signs of hope for the future
appear through the daily environment. Huysmans is fascinated by the forgotten and isolated areas left behind due to the fall of communism. The characters seem to live in an old world, in impoverished conditions. Nothing much seems to happen, the pace of life is slow and the images are full of silence. They often expose undefined, lost spaces nobody seems to
notice anymore.