Since the mid-1980s, Dirk Braeckman has developed an impressive oeuvre consisting of photography, and more recently video. Encountering images from his daily surroundings by chance, Braeckman’s large scale grey shaded works suggest rather than explain. They offer a window into an unidentified reality: distant seascapes, deserted ballrooms, billowing curtains, antique wallpaper, or a blurred image of a nude. Atmosphere, cropping, light and texture are given central place in Braeckman’s poetic work.
Braeckman’s darkroom functions like a painter’s studio; an area for experimentation where the artist allows freedom, spontaneity and time to influence his creative process. Using tools and techniques to manipulate the negatives, the resulting works possess a tactility rarely seen in photography. Braeckman’s painterly approach stretches the limits of the medium. According to Braeckman, photography is the most subjective experience there is. Far from telling the truth, the medium offers a boundless illusion.
Dirk Braeckman studied photography and film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE) from 1977 to 1981. Braeckman has taken part in numerous exhibitions including The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (US); BOZAR, Brussels (BE); S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE); Fotohof, Salzburg (AT); Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (DE); Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (BR); Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK); WIELS, Brussels (BE) and Museum M, Leuven (BE). In 2017, Braeckman represented Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale (IT).
Braeckman’s work is included in many institutional and important private collections, such as Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL); Fondation nationale d’art contemporain, Paris (FR); Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); M HKA, Antwerp (BE); Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (FR); Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL); Royal Palace, Brussels (BE); Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels (BE); Sammlung Goetz, Munich (DE); and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE).
GRIMM represents the artist in collaboration with Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp (BE) and Galerie Thomas Fischer in Berlin (DE).