Internationally acclaimed photographer Dirk Braeckman has been commisioned to represent Belgium at the 57th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. For his solo exhibition in the Belgian pavilion, Braeckman presents exclusively new works. The exhibition is curated by Eva Wittocx in cooperation with M – Museum Leuven.
In his enigmatic photographs, Dirk Braeckman (1958) creates a closed, isolated world in which combines tactility and texture, distance and intimacy. His monumental works tell us nothing; yet they suggest entire stories. Braeckman reflects on the photographic image and challenges the illusions of the medium. In his creative process, the artist experiments with textures and materials.
He examines effects such as over- and under-exposure through a variety of printing techniques. His images exceed the moment of capturing and reach beyond their frame. Braeckman finds the subjects for his photographic work in his immediate environment. They are often undefined places or spaces, preferably interior views. For the Biennale, Dirk Braeckman will create a new set of monumental photos and present them tailored to the architecture of the pavilion.
Braeckman’s work brings stillness to today’s influx of images and information. Working with analogue photography, he developed a visual language that reflects on the act of viewing and the status of the image. In the Belgian Pavilion he presents a series of new monumental photographic prints on baryta paper.
Dirk Braeckman is one of the most prominent Belgian artists of the moment. He has presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions both at nationally and internationally.