At first sight, these postcards seem black and opaque. Yet, when touched or if they are placed near a heat source, an image appears.
These are satellite views of islands that, according to scientific forecast, are bound to disappear over the next centuries as a result of rising water levels. Subsequently, in the absence of heat, the postcards return to their initial black state.
On the reverse side, one finds the name of the islands, their geographical coordinates and the century in which they are bound to disappear. Their postmark situates their mailing date in a distant future.
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Stéphanie Roland is a belgian / micronesian visual artist and filmmaker.
Working between documentary and the imaginary, Roland makes films and installations exploring invisible structures, hyperobjects and deep time; from ecological and political to the geologic and cosmic.
After graduating from La Cambre and following Hito Steyerl’s class in UDK Berlin, she completed post-graduates studies at Fresnoy – Studio National. Her work is regularly shown at international level, her projects have been included in exhibitions from major institutions among these Louvre Museum, Benaki Museum, Botanique, Kampala International Art Biennale, Bozar and Wiels. Breda Photo, Belfast Photo festival, Manifesto, Encontros da Imagem, BIP Liège, MOPLA and Unseen are amongst the festivals dedicated to photography in which she took part.
In 2017, she was selected in the group exhibition of the Antarctica Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale.
Her films have been screened in international festivals such as Visions du Réel, FID Marseille, ZINEBI, FEST New Directors / New Films, Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin, among others. Her second short film, Podesta Island, had its world premiere at FID Marseille, where it wons the Alice Guy Prize. The empty sphere won the TËNK Award at Visions du Réel 2022.
– Deception Island, 2017
– Podesta Island, 2021
– The empty sphere, 2022
Production: Stéphanie Roland Studio.
With the support of the Frans Masereel Centrum and the National Geographic Institute. Technical expertise: Nicolas Belayew.