© Michiel Hendryckx
On the 21st of December De Donkerste Kamer takes place at Concertgebouw in Bruges.
The headliner of the evening is photographer Pieter ten Hoopen. He will talk about his latest project, Migrant Caravan. With this series he also won the World Press Photo Award this year. Ten Hoopen will be accompanied by Jimmy Kets, he discusses his career as a photojournalist at De Standaard. Furthermore, the Iranian-Belgian photographer Mashid Mohadjerin reviews Textile in Resistance. Michiel Hendryckx analyses his new book Nog Altijd Ergens. Then, Eric Rinckhout will present the exhibition Present by Vanfleteren and Stijn Meuris will do a live spoken column on a topicality issue. Finally, Geoffrey Burton performes the music.
De Donkere Kamer is a live-evening program on photography designated for anyone interested in all aspects of photography, founded by Lars Boering and Dupho.
The first Belgian edition of De Donkere Kamer took place in Antwerp in May 2016. Since then, De Donkere Kamer has been hosted by Bozar, C-Mine, Toneelhuis, Museum Dr. Guislain, OPEK, Concertgebouw Brugge and Stadsschouwburg (Sint-Niklaas). DDK has therefore been present in seven cities: Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Genk, Bruges Louvain and Sint-Niklaas.
DDK is moderated by professional interviewers. Previous editions have been led by Anna Luyten, Frank Raes, Fien Sabbe, Nicky Aerts and Lieven Vandenhaute.
The evening always includes a talk with an acclaimed national or international photographer. Additionally, photographers from every discipline within the photographic field are invited to talk about recent projects, new books and events. Cross-medial artists as well as visual columnists are also invited to present. From highbrow to popular photography, all are welcome.
Apart from the interviews, the event introduces three upcoming photographers who each present their projects to the audience in a three-minute pitch. Prior to the event photographers can apply to participate, from which a professional jury carefully selects three promising projects to be shown. At the start of the evening, in exchange for a ticket, the crowd is given tokens which they will use to vote for their favourite pitch. The tokens represent a monetary sum. At the end of the evening, each young speaker will receive the distributed tokens exchanged into euros. In this way, the young photographers can have their projects financed through crowdfunding.
Since its introduction in Belgium, 2017 and 2018 have been very successful years, with halls being completely sold-out.