The black-and-white photographs of Dirk Braeckman convey a sense of stillness and the sacral. For all their monumentality, they show anonymous places and stories. Braeckman, together with M curator Eva Wittocx, is representing Belgium in 2017 at the 57th Venice Biennale. His new work will then be shown at M and Bozar. A moment to remember for Belgian photography and a milestone in the artist’s career.
The Belgian pavilion is the best space I could possibly imagine. I love the architecture of the building, the atmosphere as well as the Giardini and Venice itself. Participating in the Biennale feels like a victory for Belgian photography, which has never had a broad international platform within the visual arts. Dirk Braeckman
I consider him to be one of the most important Belgian artists because he reflects both on the role of art and on the place of images in the contemporary world. His works focuses on looking, and it is radical and self-exploratory. Eva Wittocx, Curator M-Museum Leuven
Dirk Braeckman (1958) has spent the past 25 years developing a gradual and impressive portfolio. Working with the medium of photography, he occupies a highly particular place and position within the visual arts. He has taken part in numerous exhibition both nationally and internationally, such as recent solo shows at LE BAL (Paris), De Pont (Tilburg), De Appel (Amsterdam), S.M.A.K. (Ghent) and ROSEGALLERY (Santa Monica, CA). In Belgium, his work has recently been featured at BOZAR in Brussels (2013), at M - Museum Leuven (2011) and at Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp (2015). Braeckman’s works are part of important private and public collections around the world, including in FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais (Dunkirk), Sammlung Goetz (Munich), De Pont (Tilburg) and Fondation Nationale d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Central Museum (Utrecht), and Musée d’Art Contemporain et Moderne (Strasbourg). There are also several publications on his artistic practice and oeuvre.