The land of promises Youquine Lefevre 2

Book launch & talk
Youqine Lefèvre

  • Date 24.11.2022
  • Time 19:00 - 20:30
  • Fee Free
  • Location FOMU

On November 24, Youqine Lefèvre will present her new book The Land of Promises at FOMU.

The Land of Promises tells the intimate and personal stories of those living by the regulations of China’s one-child policy. Between the years 1979 and 2015, China took an excessive approach towards a critical population growth. The consequences of the controversial regulations were enormous, in particular for hundreds of thousands Chinese girls who have been separated from their biological families and registered for adoption.

Photographer Youqine Lefèvre (BE) is one of those girls. In this work she portrays the journey of her adoption through the story of six Belgian families who travelled to China in 1994 to adopt girls, and relates it to a broader context and other stories. It consists of photographs Youqine took in China, archives from 1994, research based on writing of demographers and experts on the Chinese birth control policy, and the stories and testimonies told by those she met in China during her travels.

The Land of Promises is shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture PhotoBook Awards in the First PhotoBook category, and this happened just 3 weeks after the release of the book.

About Youqine Lefèvre

Youqine Lefèvre (BE) is a visual artist currently based in Belgium. After her study photography at the Graphic Research School in Brussels and at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey, she graduated with a master’s degree in Visual Arts at KASK / School of Arts in Ghent.

Her work The Land of Promises allowed her, among others, to win the third prize of the Kassel Dummy Award 2020, to be selected for reGeneration4 at the Musée de l’Elysée, and to be shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award 2021 and Luma Recontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2021. She was also selected for Plat(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur in 2022 where she got a special mention.

Lefèvre was one of FOMU's selected .TIFF photographers in 2021.

Practical information
  • 7 pm: Doors
  • 19u15-19u45: Ingrid Léonard (FOMU) talks with Youqine Lefèvre about the book
  • 19u45 - 20u: Book signing by Youqine Lefèvre + possibility to purchase the book in FOMU shop.

FOMU café is open continuously from 10am until the end of the book launch. The kitchen is open until 7 pm, you can eat something at FOMU café before the book launch.

This event is free.

This talk will be held in English.