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ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


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© Sanne De Wilde & Bénédicte Kurzen

On the 10th of November De Donkere Kamer took place at C-Mine in Genk.

We gave stage to Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer, discussing his new project God Inc and we also be welcoming Sanne De Wilde who presented Land of Ibeji. Marleen Daniëls joined us too to talk about her first book Sarajevo to Paris. And Heleen Peeters explained her work Horse. Finally, Stijn Meuris treated the audience to a spoken column based on a photograph.


The evening was moderated by Lieven Vandenhaute.

Carl De Keyzer


In the summer of 1990, Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer bought a van and spent a year travelling across the United States to capture the American religious experience. Published in 1992, the series - which was exhibited at the California Museum of Photography in San Diego - was called God Inc. Thirty years later, he has revisited the American Bible Belt and various other states to see how religious groups embrace modern life and the latest technologies in their search for new followers. The result, God Inc. I & II, is a fascinating documentary of American life that bundles both series of photographs.

Sanne De Wilde


Photographers Sanne De Wilde and Bénédicte Kurzen investigate the mythology of twins in Nigeria where the rate of natural twin births is higher than anywhere else in the world. ‘Ibeji’, meaning ‘double birth’ and ‘the inseparable two’ in Yoruba, stands for the ultimate harmony between two people. Through a visual narrative and an aesthetic language the two photographers extend their gaze beyond appearance - with symmetry and resemblance as tools- to open the eyes to the twin as a mythological figure and a powerful metaphor: for the duality within a human being and the duality we experience in the world that surrounds us. The result: richly intriguing, intensely colourful portraits of twins.

Marleen Daniëls


The end of the '80s was an interesting and intense time in world history, and a particularly creative time in the world of fashion. As a young female photographer Marleen Daniëls was interested in both worlds. She traveled for newspapers and magazines to the conflict zones of Lebanon and Iraq and went in parallel to the fashion weeks in Milan and Paris. Sarajevo to Paris is her first book, 813 pages of a wealth of images from her fashion work unique archives.

Heleen Peeters


In 1948 the grandfather of Heleen Peeters began a business in what many now consider to be taboo: horse meat. At that time, people were poor, recovering from the struggles of World War II, and horse meat, being a high quality product for an affordable price, was in high demand. But now, 70 years later, the consumption and production of horse meat is disappearing. Heleen Peeters broadly documented and investigated horse (meat) culture in Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, Kyrgyzstan, the United States and Canada. Why is horse meat becoming less popular? How do we relate to animals in the first place? And what about the need to cut back on our meat consumption?

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