Looking at the sun with closed eyelids by Alice Pallot
On the annoucement of the deconfinement, Alice and her friends dreamt of a space of freedom, of an exploration.
She spontaneously did a google research for “Sahara Belgium”, discoverring the unexpected existence of the Lommelse Sahara, in the province of Limburg. Impromtu, they thus left in quest of a wild land.
In the twentieth century, the emissions from the former zinc factory made vegetation completely disappear across several hundred hectares in Lommel, giving way to an arid landscape covered by white sans.
In order to avoid the extension of the sandy plains, a new forest of coniferq was planted, creating a unique nature reserve.
The pines were able to survive through symbiotic coexistence with fungi, the Suillus Bovinus. Naturally resistant to zinc, it has protected the trees and other reemerging vegetation from ecotoxicity.
Looking at the sun with closed eyelids by Alice Pallot is report on a natural space completely destroyed by the zinc industry and finally transformed into a nature reserve, a metaphor of possible reconstruction. Refusing to confine herself to the idea of a disenchanted generation, Alice Pallot delivers a message of hope.