Juan Duque's proposal for FLACC starts as a participatory project; his intention is to collect memories from people in the area of Genk, memories related to their notion and experience of the landscape they inhabit (coal mining legacy). Focusing on alternate scales or domains of perception - such as distant, middle and personal - Duque wants to inquire what people think about landscape. He wants to ask them to draw their memories in images, sometimes. He will also draw for them the memories and experiences they share... Implementing photography, video and drawing as media, he collects, manipulates, transforms and appropriates those landscape images. He questions how that final geography of different landscape memories would look like.
'How can I, being an artist, grasp the traces of the intensive land transformations that resulted from the coalmine industry? I came to Genk as a visitor - explorator. Then I had the need to add, to work on, to trace and to re-produce what I saw and heard. I collected and transformed landscape images, memories and impressions. Those actions put me in touch with the inhabitants of these artificial landscapes. Working on a synthetic altered experience, adding digital layers upon a walked landscape of collected images, I produced a personal cartography, a hand-made topography.
The repeated action of folding, unfolding and pressing the printed digital image allows for new visual fragments of land, air and greenery to emerge.
Artificiality is a constant manipulation..'