26.4.2013 - 15.6.2013
Galerie Thomas Fischer - Berlin
With their matte surfaces, gray scales and unclear motifs, the black-and- white photographs of the Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman (born in 1958) are utterly enigmatic. Working on the boundaries of the medium of photography, they combine fleetingness and substance, texture and distance. The pictures don’t tell stories, though one might be tempted to think so. Leaving the moment in which the image was captured behind, each work reveals the diffuse process behind its own creation.
Several of the new works featured at the exhibition in the Galerie Thomas Fischer were made for Dirk Braeckman’s recent show at de Appel arts center in Amsterdam. Included is also a recent film by the artist.
17.04.2013 - 26.05.2013
Zeno X Gallery - Antwerp
Opening New Space 14.04.2013, 3-6 pm
08.02.13 - 12.05.13
In the context of: Antoine Watteau. Painter of Music
Antoine Watteau’s imaginary landscapes often feature people (predominantly courtiers) who have just whispered something to someone else or are about to do so… Figures turning towards or away from one another. They are also often shown from the back. What we, the viewers, see is chiefly the interplay of the figures and their gazes, all of those lines that criss-cross each other across the paintings: one person is looking at another person who is looking out at us, while that person is being looked at by somebody else. These figures are frozen in a pose that has them inclined just a millimetre too far, just a millimetre too close, or too far from the other figure. And what we hear - there are so many musical instruments - is quiet, frozen music.
BOZAR asked Dirk Braeckman to find a way of depicting the artworks that could not be brought to the exhibition. Not because Braeckman is seen to be ‘the photographer of emptiness’, but because he is so adept at depicting ‘emptiness’ (memory, memory loss, absence, desire) in all of his photographs. Braeckman hardly ever shows us what is actually there in a photograph. And all we can do is fill in these photographs with our own desires, our own absences, forever feverishly searching for meaning. It is as if the distance between the figures suddenly becomes solid, becomes material. Each of Braeckman’s photographs allows us to hear and see what is going on among Watteau’s figures as they lean in towards one another. Whispering. Music. The ‘negative space’. The silence. Our unstoppable desire to constantly bridge that distance and fill in the silence.
18.11.12 - 20.01.13
Kunsthalle Erfurt is proud to produce and feature Dirk Braeckman’s first solo exhibition in Germany. With this large scale show of the Belgian artist Kunsthalle Erfurt is not just highlighting one of its main focus – photography. What is more, with his painterly black and white images mostly devoted to the analogue photographic process Braeckman maintains an outstanding position in contemporary art. An extensive body of work has been carefully conceived over the past 30 years and even now, when Braeckman has become more and more involved into digital photography his exceptional glimpse on scenes of interiors, street views and human figures stayed the same. The artist reflects not just the process of photography (in relation to painting) but the construction and deconstruction, i.e. the “re-reading”, of an image in general. Therefore the Erfurt exhibition, curated by art historian Silke Opitz, will not just offer a survey on Braeckman’s work so far but focus on the way of perception. An accompanying German-English publication is proposed.
17.11.2012 - 31.03.2013
De Appel arts centre presents new works of Dirk Braeckman
Opening 16.11.12 - 6 pm
The artist himself explains: “It is not what I am photographing that is important, but the way in which I do it. It is not the shot, but what happens with the shot.” Braeckman’s often melancholic photographs have a snapshot-like, ephemeral quality although every image is actually photographically composed very precisely. Every detail is important: the cropping, the light, colour and texture, the lack of focus, the material on which it is printed.
In this exhibition Braeckman reveals an unknown aspect of his oeuvre for the first time: enigmatic 16 mm films which are exhibited in combination with a carefully selected number of photographic works.
01.11.2012 - 30.12.2012
QNX - een plek voor rituelen at Concertgebouw Brugge
Curated by Peter Verhelst - Maud Bekaert
Featuring work by Dirk Braeckman, Cristina Iglesias en Lili Dujouri, Maud Bekaert and Peter Verhelst.
07.09.12 - 21.09.12
Louis Vuitton - Dirk Braeckman - LV
The exposition, an artistic cooperation between Dirk Braeckman and Louis Vuitton in honor of the city Antwerp, shows photografic work as well as a film for which Dirk portrayed eight prominent personalities of Antwerp such as Luc Tuymans, Jan Fabre, AF Vandevorst.
27.06.12 - 30.09.12
Paysage du mental - Mindscapes at La Centrale électrique, Brussels
Curated by Carine Fol
As part of the summer of photography, La Centrale éléctrique is presenting the exhibition “Landscapes of the mind - Mindscapes” or how to make the invisible visible?
In several chapters, this exhibition provides a subjective and intuitive reading of the photographic depiction of the human being and the landscape.
Photographs of mediums, scenes of voodoo, evanescent bodies, x-ray images, materialisations, subjective landscapes, etc. are all exhibited as stages in a journey through the mystery of representation and perception.
With the works of : Dirk Braeckman, Jacques Charlier, Louis Darget, Carl De Keyser, Andreas Gursky, Viviane Joakim, Nicholas Leroy, David Lynch, Susanna Majuri, Ana Mendieta, Arno-Raphaël Minkinnen, Els Opsomer, Jorma Puranen, Pierre Radisic, Man Ray, Stephen Sack, Marc Trivier, Gaël Turine, Sarah Van Marcke, Bill Viola, Albert Von Schrenck-Notzing, Francesca Woodmann, etc.
02.06.2012 - 29.07.2012
Sint-Jan at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent
Curated by Jan Hoet & Hans Martens
We all know Jan Hoet. This charismatic “Pope of Art” has become a living legend in the world of contemporary art, and far beyond its borders. For years he was Director at the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent. In that capacity, he inspired the two much-talked about exhibitions Chambres d’Amis (1986) and Over The Edges (2000). Today, he is the driving force behind Sint-Jan (Saint John), a contemporary art exhibition that aims to become an addition to TRACK. However, unlike TRACK with its various clusters, Sint-Jan will be held at a very specific location in the city.
Sint-Jan is the former name of the cathedral and is inspired by the “The Mystic Lamb / Ghent Alterpiece” by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck at the St Bavo’s Cathedral. The exhibition explores traces of religion and spirituality in contemporary art.
For many artists it is a true challenge to display their works in such meaningful surroundings. They forge a relationship with the physical and mental architecture of the cathedral and its heritage.
Another surprising fact: there is no budget, only generosity. The artists work for free. They are displaying works (some small or modest, others monumental) under the topic “spirituality and religion”. The works are displayed on the various altars and side chapels in the cathedral. Jan Hoet has truly managed to bring together an impressive line-up of influential artists for his Sint-Jan project. This exhibition is yet another reason to visit Ghent, and more particularly St Bavo’s Cathedral and its Mystic Lamb. Highly recommended!
15.03.2012 - 05.05.2012
Reasons for Walling a House at Valerie Traan gallery, Antwerp
15.03.2012 - 4 pm
Opening of the exhibition and launch of the book “reasons for walling a house” (Ruby Press)
Featuring a select group of creative people in a concept of the architects of 51N4E.
There will be works by Josse de Pauw, Dirk Braeckman, Enrique Marty, Chevalier-Masson, Andrea Branzi, Bel, Something Fantastic, Goele De Bruyn en 51N4E.
25.02.2012 - 7.04.2012
Exhibition at Fotohof, Salzburg
24.02.2012 - 8.30 pm
Opening of the exhibition in the main hall
Martin Germann, Berlin, will speak about the exhibition
25.02.2012 - 11 am
Meet the artist/ book presentation
Dirk Braeckman in conversation with Jeffrey Ladd; discussion
Dirk Braeckman’s photographs depict inner worlds. Mostly they are interiors, inner vistas; sometimes human figures, often nudes, time and again as fragments. The images are immersed in a mysterious darkness, creating an intimate cosmos whose laws perhaps are also rooted in the tradition of Belgian Surrealism. In his images Braeckman condenses the rooms, which are often deserted yet furnished with armchairs, sofas and beds, into a gloomy atmosphere of vulnerable existential exposure. His world is charged with a latent erotic tension, also in images in which the human figure is absent. Braeckman is not interested in portraying specific locations or people; rather, he generates a concentrated detached image reality whose time and place references are merely alluded to as ciphers in his titles. He also makes images of images, revealing the syntax behind the technology of photographic processes: flashlight, over- and under-exposure, and interventions in the development process itself lead towards the unmistakable materiality of his images. “On the surface my images appear peaceful, when you look at them. (...) If you reduce everything, it comes up and hits you between the eyes. Sex, death, everything. I know, it sounds like a stultifying cliché, but you have to dare to admit that that’s what it’s about. (...)” D. B. 1998
13.01.2012 - 03.03.2012
Group Exhibition at Galerie Thomas Fisher curated by Martin Germann
Dirk Braeckman, Seiichi Furuya, Jacob Holdt,
Larry Sultan, Mette Tronvoll, Tobias Zielony
Photography has always been a medium of doubt. Where is the boundary between oneself and the other? Where does the border lie, where can it be reinforced, where can it be erased? The group exhibition "Private" features works that distance themselves from the familiar and embrace the unknown. Pictures of objective conquest, family therapy, brief intimacy and political or private mission are created on the street, at home and in the indeterminate locations in between. At times everything is revealed at once, at times almost nothing at all. (Pressrelease as PDF)
Fotografie ist ein Medium des Zweifels. Wo endet das Eigene und wo beginnt das Fremde? Wo liegt die Grenze, wie lässt sie sich verstärken oder verwischen? Die Gruppenausstellung "Private" präsentiert künstlerische Werke, die sich vom Vertrauten distanzieren oder ins Unbekannte investieren. Auf der Straße, im Zuhause und an undefinierten Orten dazwischen entstehen Bilder sachlicher Eroberung, familiärer Therapie, kurzfristiger Intimität, politischer oder privater Mission. Manchmal zeigt sich alles auf einmal, manchmal kaum etwas davon. (Pressetext als PDF)
Avant-Première Goudvis: Dirk Braeckman
Fotograaf Dirk Braeckman maakt zijn vaak zwart-witte beelden als een schilder. Niet wát hij fotografeert is belangrijk maar wel de manier waarop.
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28.10.2011 – 26.11.2011
Exhibition at Zeno X
06.10.2011 – 08.01.2012
M presents older and new works of Dirk Braeckman
Dirk Braeckman, “Alexia-11”, Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
“Perhaps I want to create things that are elusive. And for me photography is the only way to do it. You've got an image in front if you: it's not simply formal, but you can't immediately describe it in any other way. At most you can say what's in it, but that's not what it's about. What I want, in fact, is to arrive at a point where there is nothing more but that image.” -Dirk Braeckman
One of Belgium's leading artists, Dirk Braeckman (Eeklo, °1958) has shown his work in various solo and group exhibitions in his home country and abroad. The exhibition at M comprises a selective overview of his extensive body of photographic works of the last 20 years, juxtaposed with new images, both still and moving. Special attention is paid to the rich textures and materials that endow his art with emphatic tactility and to the different media with which the artist experiments.
In each of his photographs, Dirk Braeckman builds a very subjective vision of reality in which objects, matter and representation are melted. Over the years, the disarming expressiveness of his early biographical (self-)portraits evolved into a more detached and intuitive approach of places filled with collective memories. Nowadays Braeckman captures dazzlingly pure images of anonymous sites, from which the physical presence of people is usually banned. The tonal warmth of the large, dark grey prints augments a gripping sense of enclosure, containment, and spatial vibrancy. The artist considers his pictures to be 'impersonal choices' which have imposed from space. He identifies them with a code which refers to the locations where the shots were taken. Presented as monumental prints, the works claim their share of exhibition space with emphasis.
Though Braeckman's pictures do not set out to tell a story, they suggest many. In that sense, his work is never definitive. It remains open beyond the moment, beyond the frame. At first glance, the depicted scenes are quite easily identifiable as everyday situations derived from Braeckman's personal environment. But this is not what these images are about. Braeckman is interested in the image itself. In a variety of ways his art tests the limits of the medium. To temper an all too direct link to the motif, the artist generally prefers black-and white photography and a photo paper that renders a tactile effect to the picture's surface. The presence of a blinding flash light in many of his photographs leads to the inevitable disruption of the illusionary character of the presentation. On other occasions the pixel structure of the pictures enhances the impression of two-dimensionality. Braeckman's deliberate use of blurring, extreme cutting and obscuring of the perspective make for an atmosphere of uncertainty and indeterminacy, sometimes even evolving into the realm of complete abstraction.
Roma Publications, 20011
384 pp, hardcover, 28,5 × 24,5 cm
Edition: 2500, € 55,-
Dirk Braeckman is one of Belgium’s leading artistic photographers. In each of his monumental photographic works, he creates an enclosed, isolated world that appears endless in its tactility, while at the same time gives short shrift to the illusions of the medium. These images do not aim to convey anything and yet they are suggestive of complete narratives.
Texts in Dutch and English by Martin German, and Dirk Lauwaert. Design: Kim Beirnaert
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05.10.2011 – 20:00
Invitation to the opening of the exhibition
In each of the monumental photographic works, Dirk Braeckman (Eeklo, °1958) creates an enclosed, isolated world that appears endless in its tactility, while at the same time giving short shrift to the illusions of the medium. These images do not aim to convey anything, yet they are suggestive of completenarratives. The exhibition in M presents a selective overview of his extensive work, placed into dialogue with a large number of new photographs.