OVERVIEWNOV 17 to MAR 31Group Exhibition
- Group Exhibition
Dates and Opening hoursNOV 17, 2012 to MAR 31, 2013
- Dirk Braeckman
- Zarina Bhimji
InformationThis winter de Appel arts centre is simultaneously presenting solo projects by the Belgian photographer/filmmaker Dirk Braeckman and the British artist Zarina Bhimji. Braeckman's sensitive and large-scale photographs in shades of grey do not tell elaborate stories, but are charged with an atmosphere which makes them “tick away like time bombs”, in the words of the author Luc Sante. The suggestive force and narrative potential of images are just as essential for Bhimji, whose latest film Yellow Patch (2011) had its Dutch première in de Appel arts centre.
Since the early 1990s Dirk Braeckman (Belgium, 1958) has built up an oeuvre of enigmatic photographs, large prints in black and white and shades of grey that reveal ambiguous images: desolate areas, reflecting wallpaper, a blurred painting, a fragment of a nude. Braeckman gives central place to atmosphere, texture and suggestion. The photographs have a snapshot-like, ephemeral quality, while each image is actually composed in a very precise way. Every detail is important: the cropping, the light, colour and texture, the lack of focus, and the material on which the photograph is printed. Braeckman approaches and treats photography like a painter.
In this exhibition Braeckman presents a carefully chosen selection of new photographs culled from the untitled publication recently released by Roma Publications (a cross between an artist’s book and a catalogue raisonné). From his extensive archive of negatives Braeckman selected “new images”, that have never been printed and are being premièred in de Appel arts centre. For some time now Braeckman has expanded his work with video art. In addition to several photo series, "Hemony” is being shown, a video work shot shortly before the opening of the exhibition in the Old Church in Amsterdam, just a stone's throw away from Appel
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