Photographer of the darkening, of the vanishing: this is how one might describe Dirk Braeckman. His photographs tell us nothing about the world and stay mum about their maker. They are dark, hazy, blurred, highly suggestive. They are not here to show us something: they offer no spectacle, no new insight, no revelation. They are enigmas wrapped in black, hovering somewhere between us and the world.
For his exhibition Dirk Braeckman will present a site-specific wall work.
Text: Steven Humblet
Cyrill Lachauer – Full Service
Questioning methods from the field of cultural anthropology, Cyrill Lachauer explores landscapes and places, the transformation of signs and artifacts and the manner in which traditions and stories affect our cultural imagination. In his most recent work, “Full Service”, Lachauer examines myths of the American West, Las Vegas and its promise of wealth and the Indian “Ghost Dance” movement. In “Full Service” he has discovered a unique form that combines ethnographic field work, road trip and a tribute to the American cinema, capturing the ambiguity of reality without making value judgments.
Margrét H. Blöndal – Meander
Margrét H. Blöndal ushers the familiar into unexpected constellations. In drawings and sculptures the world is rearranged and looked at askew. Her installations use commonplace materials almost like words, but words used out of context and mispronounced and yet they still make perfect sense.
Friedemann Heckel – LET EM TEL
In Friedemann Heckel’s hands drawing is addressed, both as a covering or surface that can be detached from its source and reinserted elsewhere, and as a subversive language whose abstract signs are both meaningful and mysterious. As with much of Heckel’s work, this has its origins in his careful observations of the urban environment. His latest works question the relationship between the visual and haptic qualities of goods and images, and the political economy through which they circulate; and which is, in Heckel’s works, quite literally inscribed on its surfaces.