ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016
DDK #21 CC SCHARPOORD KNOKKE-HEIST
Dries Van Noten, Antwerp 2019 © Anton Corbijn
On the 27th of September De Donkere Kamer took place at CC Scharpoord Knokke-Heist.
Headliner of the evening was Anton Corbijn, discussing his new and exclusive project MOOD/MODE. We also welcomed Jeroen Toirkens and Jelle Brandt Cortius, they presented their Borealis project. Karel Fonteyne joined us too to talk about his new book SPELL. Furthermore moderators Frank Raes and Nicky Aerts talked with Sebastian Steveniers about his Bosfight photos. And, as usual, Stijn Meuris treated the audience to a spoken column based on a photograph.
In MOOD/MODE, leading international photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn presents images from his extensive body of work in which he explores the crossover between photography and the world of fashion - in the broadest sense of the word. Corbijn's portraits of figures such as Alexander McQueen, Tom Waits, Kate Moss, Björk and Clint Eastwood have now achieved iconic status. As visual director behind Depeche Mode and through his decades-long collaboration with U2 and others, he has made his mark on the way we look at an important aspect of contemporary culture. With MOOD/MODE, Anton Corbijn shows that fashion is everywhere. The book contains some 200 photographs, many of them published for the first time, and its world premiere takes place in Knokke-Heist.
Introducing Karel Fonteyne, one of Belgium's foremost contemporary and fashion photographers. Since 1968 the artist has created an extensive oeuvre that has its place in the history of photography. His timeless visual storytelling relates to nature, darkness and loneliness, the inner world, and esotericism, while touching uncovered dimensions. For more than 15 years Fonteyne was active as a fashion photographer, breaking boundaries by introducing his narrative approach as contemporary artist in the traditional fashion world. In September 2020 ‘The Circle’ opens, an overview of 50 years of photography at Hangar Photo Art Center in Brussels, introducing SPELL, Fonteyne’s retrospective book in collaboration with Stockmans Art Books.
Jeroen Toirkens & Jelle Brandt Cortius:
Thirty per cent of all trees are in the so-called boreal ecosystem, a circle of mostly coniferous trees, ranging from Europe and Asia to North America. These boreal forests, also referred to as taiga, convert massive amounts of CO² into oxygen. Over a span of 100 years, an average tree produces enough oxygen to allow a single person to breathe for twenty years. Still, less than twelve per cent of these forests are protected. For Borealis, photographer Jeroen Toirkens and journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius traveled to these forests, looking for the stories of the people living there. Their mission turned into eight very different journeys, to Norway, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Alaska and Russia.
Fighters who volunteered to fight for the colors of their club recently found a new home: remote forests. Teams compete with each other in a very organized way, with rules - and strict secrecy. Why do these men do this for pleasure? Three years ago De Standaard photographer Sebastian Steveniers decided to make an attempt to gain access to this hermetically sealed world. His goal was one to document forest fights. Against his will, Steveniers has become part of his work himself.