It is a small photobook and a (fabulated) dictionary combined centered around border trees, Celtic historical facts and visual speculation. This book is a manifesto for love, anger, the non-human, a wish to connect, to suggest, and to study.

Hotel Bellevue           Pocket book
168 pages, 18 x 11 cm
Design: Chloé D’hauwe & Ine Meganck
Language: English + Dutch
ISBN 9789464337600
In this book the focus is on the visual and verbal lexicon shaping the project Hotel Bellevue. Not intended as a truth but as a suggestion, it chronicles encounters between images, words, structures, and life forms, the speculative result of observations and processed information.

(B) Rile*, Copyright Bookshop, FOMU, Tipi Bookshop, (UK) Well Projects, Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop, (D) (A) Museum Hundertwasserhaus  -  other tba

Hotel Bellevue is a project about border trees. Border trees (or Grenzbaum) are planted on specific locations in the landscape to mark borders between properties and make them visible from afar. These trees were already located on historical maps and are subject to specific laws. They are a kind of guardian, but also a marker used by legal authorities to outline the area where they could wield their power, a tool to settle border conflicts. Because of a change in our landscape, and how we use land, these trees lost their status as a symbol and became a tree again. Centuries ago, border trees were a kind of signpost for people, they showed the direction to a castle, a farm or a church and were marked on maps. Currently there are 52 archived border trees in Flanders (Belgium).

When you think about border trees, you discuss territories, politics, crises, conflicts, botanical species, animals… These trees are not just wood. Natural worlds do not follow manmade islands. Look at fungi, they make up an enormous network that stretches beyond any kind of border, pollinators work wherever they find a flower from which to take pollen, birds migrate around the globe navigating it as a whole and not as a (flexible) puzzle of fragments. In a changing and unstable climate, the idea of border trees gives us the opportunity to reintroduce a local and community driven use of the landscape; they can help us learn from the stories and information imbued in these landmarks.

Ask your hands to know the things they hold ︎