Matthieu Litt (1983) is a Belgium based photographer, focussing on personal projects. He received his BA in graphic design and photography from St Luc in Liège. In 2015 he attended a masterclass on Visual Storytelling with Alec Soth and in 2016 he joined a course by Taiyo Onorato during ISSP Latvia.
In his practice, Matthieu Litt, is mainly interested in the notion of distance, and how he can visually break and explore it, by blurring the boundaries and landmarks between an image taken in his close surroundings and another from far abroad.
Over the past years he exhibited in several international group shows in a.o. London, Melbourne, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Krakow. In 2016 he had a solo exhibition in Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi. . From February 28 the exhibition Tidal Horizon will be shown at Biennale de l’Image possible (BIP) in Liège. Last year he was awarded second place for Natural & build environments – International Fine Art Photography Awards (IFAP – Paris, FR) with his series Horsehead Nebula.
On the first sight Horsehead Nebula seems like a series of documentary photographs depicting a people: their culture and their surroundings. However, when searching for a caption that tells were the photographs were taken, Litt describes that these photographs were taken in the area of the Faristan, a place that, as turns out, does not exist.
The photographs from Horsehead Nebula are actually taken at different places. Therefore the series makes us aware of our perception of photography and thus our perception of reality. It questions our ability to stay critical when looking at photographs that seems to tell us an objective story about this people of the Faristan. The familiar language of documentary photography, misleads us into interpreting the images in a certain way.
By combining photographs that were taken at various places of different people a new world is created in which borders are literally crossed. A new land is imagined. Therefore the series becomes a “quest for the sublime”, a search for a “terrestrial paradise”. Becoming aware of our prejudices that came to mind, Litt gives us a hint of an ideal country in which a place is not defined by its borders, a place on a map or by our prejudices.
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