Maroesjka Lavigne (b.1989, Belgium) gained her Masters in Photography at Ghent University in the summer of 2012. Her work has been shown internationally at the Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands, The Robert Mann Gallery, Chelsea, New York, Galerie Hug in Paris and Museum Saint Guislain, Ghent, Belgium among others. She self-published a book called ‘ ísland ’ in 2012 that sold out. In 2014 she published a postcard version of this book. In 2015 she made a commissioned work ‘ Not seeing is a Flower ‘ in collaboration with the Flanders centre in Osaka. This was published in a catalog called ‘ Facing Japan’ and the project ‘ Land of Nothingness ‘ made in Namibia. She was selected for the Talent Call at Fotomuseum Amsterdam (FOAM), the Netherlands 2012 and was the winner of the Emerging Talent competition of Lensculture in 2014 with the series ‘ You are More than beautiful ‘ She is currently living and working in Ghent, Belgium. Today we share her series, Land of Nothingness.
Land of Nothingness
A country named after a desert. One of the least densely populated places on earth. Defined by its rich variety of colors—yet in a forever changing, yet completely barren landscape. Namibia’s landscape draws you in, through a vast brown plain of scorched earth, and steers you over the white surface of a salt pan to finally arrive in the gold tones of the sand dunes. Patience is required to discover the wide range of Namibia’s subtle scenery.
It literally takes you hours, driving though nothing, to at long last arrive at…more of nothing. The sight of other people is rare and only the strategically located gas stations are a reminder of the world beyond. This country is in another time zone—time seems to move slower but it feels more logical, somehow. Captivated by these washed out yet delicately colored landscapes, you can drive for hours. Chaperoned by herds of giraffes or zebras, shadowed by flocks of flamingos, suddenly stumbling upon a family of elephants. The animals look up curiously, but soon forget about you and slowly continue their journey, unhurried by your presence, at their own pace.
To view more of Maroesjka’s work, please visit her website.