Tom Callemin

Tom Callemin 1991

Lives in Gent (BE). Works in Gent (BE).
Represented by:


Callemin's photographs show the paradoxical, alienating character of photography. They are not 'readable', not descriptive, although they do involve a narrative through a play of suggestions. These are constructed images that question, in a conceptual way, photography as a medium in these times of unbridled visual production. Callemin: "In an age in which we see everything around us changing rapidly, the photograph may well be the only thing that continues to remind us of what once existed. The photograph is an anchor in times when the flow of time seems to be a prime issue. More than ever before, for instance, we need to look at what was always there: the moon, the sea." Photography is false on the level of perception, true on the level of time, Roland Barthes once said. According to Barthes, a photograph is 'a new form of hallucination', so to speak, a modest, shared hallucination (not being there, on one hand, but having indeed been there): a mad image, which has that glimmer of reality. Tom Callemin plays with that glimmer of reality and with the camera's capacity to let us, as he says, 'look between the folds of time's continuum and discover what our eye overlooks.'

Market position


ING Unseen Talent Award - Tom Callemin
ING Unseen Talent Award - Tom Callemin
Tom Callemin, Freefall, 2016
Freefall, 2016

In museum collection:

Fotomuseum Antwerpen

In corporate collection:

De Nederlandsche Bank


Education 2014 - 2015 MA Fine Arts, School of Arts, Ghent, BE 2013 - 2014 MA Photography, School of Arts, Ghent, BE Selected Solo Exhibitions 2019 NEVER ODD OR EVEN, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL (with Giovanni Giaretta) 2017 An unmarked incident as scenery, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL Tom Callemin, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, NL (in collaboration with FOMU Antwerpen) 2016 Tom Callemin - Jonge Belgische Fotografie, FOMU, Antwerpen, BE Selected Group Exhibitions 2019 Who are you?, La Maison des Arts, Schaarbeek, BE Maan/Moon, FOMU, Antwerp, BE Home sweet home, Kunstenhuis, Harelbeke, BE At the gym, The White House Gallery, Lovenjoel, BE (curated by tegenboschvanvreden) Alsof, ONE, Ghent, BE Photobook Belge, FOMU, Antwerp, BE The Gulf Between, De Warande, Turnhout, BE 2018 Pendant Pair (duo show with Anouk De Clercq), Antwerp Art Pavillion, BE Prix Levallois, 10 ans!, Les Salons d’Honneur de l’Hôtel de Ville de Levallois, Levallois, FR 2017 FRONT, Concertgebouw Brugge, BE Land van Fotografie, Land van waaslaan, Ghent, BE Mixing/Memory and Desire, Breda’s Museum, Breda, NL Recyclart, Musee de la photographie de Bruxelles, Brussels, BE Through the Lens, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, BE Adele, Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen, DE 2016 Zwart, van houtskool tot high-res,Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL­ Schaamte, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, BE The One - The Real, KROMUS + ZINK, Berlin, DE Early Spring, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, NL 2015 Construction/Apparition, La Galerie Particulière, Paris/Brussels, FR/BE CC Hasselt, Hasselt, BE Exhibition of the Levallois Prize, Galerie de L’Escale, Levallois, FR FOAM Talent Exposition, L’atelier Néerlandais, Paris, FR Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, BE Het Grote Ongeduld Xtra, Cinematek, Brussels, BE Mons 2015, Vidéozone ‘la Maison Folie’, Mons, BE Ellipse by 2112 Collective, Tokyo Wonder Site, JAP 2014 Angst essen Seele auf, KASK, Ghent, BE Stimulans, Paardenstallen Broelmuseum, Courtrai, BE Best Regards, Quai des Arts, Ghent, BE Unseen, .TIFF, Amsterdam, NL Bougie Art Foundation, Amsterdam, NL Angst essen Seele auf, FH Bielefield, DE Solstice Hiver, These Things Take Time, Ghent, BE Screenings 2019 It, Ausland, Berlin, DE It, REDCAT, Los Angeles, US It, Festival International du Film sur l'Art, Montreal, CA It, Musée National des Beaux-Arts, Quebec, CA It, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, GB 2018 It, Art Pavilion MAS, Antwerp, BE It, National Art Gallery, Vilnius, LT It, KASKkrakers, Kaskcinema, Ghent, BE It, Festival du nouveau cinéma Montréal, Montréal, CN It, Kaunas International Film Festival, Kaunas, LT It, Cinema Projects, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, US It, Lima Independiente, Lima, PE It, VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, Vienna, AT It, FRACTO Experimental Film Encounter, Berlin, DE It, Berlinale 2018, Berlin, DE 2017 It (premiere), Cinematek, Brussels, BE Grants and Awards 2017 ING Talent Award (nomination) 2015 Laureate Prix Levallois Foam Talent (selected) 2014 Prijs Stichting Stad Gent Honorable mention, Stimulans, Cortai 201 1 Selected for Input/Output, Bruges