ORIZON 
2009
62 magic-lantern glass-slides, plexiglass sheets, neon tubes
40x605cm
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The phrase ‘the Empire on which the sun never sets’ has been attributed to Charles V. During his reign in the 16th century Ferdinand Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the Earth. Some centuries later during the peak of the world-spanning colonial empires this phrase was widely applied to the British Empire.
It is from this time, the late 19th and early 20th century, that the 62 magic lantern glass-slides in the work ORIZON date back to. In the installation these glass transparencies are inserted in an over 6m long panel and form in their entirety a unified horizon line - a horizon which seems to gradually sink until the sky on the far right slide occupies nearly the whole of the image.
The work evokes the illusion of a perambulation of a past world through places which no longer exist as depicted on the images. They expose a colonial view on the captured subject - an encounter through the lens - startled by the exotic and yet authoritative. The presence of humans is scarce, the observer not tolerating a self-confident return of the gaze. It is a magical voyage over the globe which appears to last a day, only that the sun doesn’t sink behind the horizon but quasi the horizon itself does, marking the end of an imaginary world.