How far is a lightyear?
16.11.2019 – 07.02.2020
The series “How far is a lightyear?” (2005-2019) investigates fatherhood, domestic violence, love and the development of identity through family.
We follow the viewpoint of a boy who resembles the artist as a child and finds himself in a state of balancing two conflicting sides, while being stuck in the firing line of a bad love story.
The title stems from a question Simon Lehner asked his father when he first met him in 2005, references the passed time when he left the family again and the medium of photography.
The series uses a 3D Renderings/Scan method consisting out of the only images Lehner took of his father dating back to 2005 when he was 9 years old. Through this method of digitally piecing and reconstructing him with the images he has left, he has the chance to make his father tangible in a digital space as he tries to make a portrait without physical contact – hinting at the longing for a father, emotional and physical distance but simultaneously resentment due to his actions.