"Intersecting past and present: a survey project (in)site the Roman Empire" is a practice-based research project on photography and landscape. The project adopts the metaphor of the palimpsest, something that has changed over time and bears evidence of that change. Landscapes bear witness of bygone times, layering and intersecting present and past. The project examines these intersections both on a practical and theoretical level in order to relate the present to the past and vice versa, or in a broader sense, reflect on the (re)presentation of history in photography.

One of the main themes in contemporary photography is the man-altered landscape, where the transformation of the landscape through urban expansion is documented. Within the framework project we want to explore this theme by going back in time. While most contemporary practices only focus on present-day changes, this project focuses on the past in relation to the present.


  • Danny Veys (project leader, KU Leuven/LUCA)
  • Bruno Vandermeuelen (project leader, KU Leuven)
  • Marc Waelkens (KU Leuven)
  • Jan Baetens (KU Leuven)
  • Luc Salu (photo museum Antwerp)
  • Lore Van Hees (museum M)

Research unit: Inter-Actions

Duration: completed 2013