(In)site, Site-related Photography Revised, Bruno Vandermeulen and Danny Veys

(In)site, Site-related Photography Revised. The Archeological Site of Sagalassos

  • Project Leader: Bruno Vandermeulen (KU Leuven, OE Archeologie, Kunstwetenschap en Musicologie), Danny Veys (LUCA Faculty of the Arts, RU Inter-Actions, RG Re-Visionary)
  • Team: Marc Waelkens (KU Leuven, Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project), Jan Baetens (KU Leuven, Lieven Gevaert Centre), Luc Salu (Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen), Lore Van Hees (Museum M, Leuven).

In archaeology, photography is mainly used as a technique aimed at gathering data and evidence. The current research project is an attempt to redefine in a theoretical as well as in a practical manner the traditional relationship between archaeology and photography in order to produce new forms of image-making more adapted to contemporary visual culture. The project considers photography a “mode of engagement”, i.e. a practice in which a picture is shaped and constructed by the photographer, not a practice in which a picture is mechanically taken. Thanks to this shift it becomes possible to take into account an artistic input, for archaeological photography will be able to establish a dialogue with new forms of presentation and interpretation, and to make them profitable for both art and science. The concrete output of the project will be twofold: publication of theoretical research and exhibition of the practice-based photographs (the latter in collaboration with the city of Leuven and the Photo Museum of Antwerp).

  • Duration: completed 2013 (beginning 2007)
  • E-mail: bruno.vandermeulen@arts.kuleuven.be

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