The landscapes in Elsa Stubbé’s photographs are devoid of human presence, and nature presents itself as a living and sovereign entity. Despite the traces or vestiges of human existence, we note above all the tranquility of our absence. Scientific diagrams seem less like an attempt to explain some truth than to show us the poetry of natural history. We do not know if what we are given to see is the origin of the Earth or a projection of its impending future or both. The near and the remote come closer together, as indications of the passage of both extinct and extant creatures, and maybe of the whole universe, appear in these images. If the extraterrestrials have eaten her garden, they have also made sure that it would grow back.


This exhibition is part of our Free Time programming, which positions itself in opposition to productivity, performance, and efficiency, and in which photography appears as a tool for exploration, for making relations and conceiving of new perspectives.


Elsa Stubbé, born in 1991, lives and works between Belgium and France. She’s graduated in editorial practices in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and in photography at the Helb Prigogine in 2015.

Since 2016, she has directed three self-published photographic projects: Les extraterrestres ont mangé mon jardin (Aliens have eaten my garden, 2017), Rapid Eye Movement (2016) and Astronomie du sous-bois (Undergrowth Astronomy, in collaboration with Victor Coupaud, 2016).

Her project “Les extraterrestres ont mangé mon jardin” is one of 12 selected projects for the 2018 Leica Oskar Barnack and one of 60 selected projects for the 2018 Voies Off Award.


The artist wishes to thank VU’s team, especially Fanny Mesnard, Anne-Marie Proulx and Charles Frédérick Ouellet as well as the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, notably Pascale Eben and Marie-Hélène Hébert, and also Marianne Hicter, David De Beyter, Cécile Marit, Juan-Mathias Chachay, Dominique Tricnaux and Germain for their precious help.

7 September 2018 18:00 - 21:00