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ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


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© Sébastien Van Malleghem

Yes, we are back! On the 21th of December De Donkerste Kamer will take place at Concertgebouw in Brugge.

We give stage to Robin de Puy, a top talent from across the borders (NL), who will tell us more about her new book 'Down by the water'. But she is not alone. Illustrator Sammy Slabbinck shows us his photo montages and Bart Heynen will talk about his project ‘Dads’. There will also be Sébastien Van Malleghem and his newest book ‘Allfather’.


But there is more. The evening will be filled with music and Stijn Meuris will as always treat the audience to a spoken column based on a photograph.

The evening will be moderated by Lieven Vandenhaute.

Robin de Puy

The long-awaited new publication ‘Down by the water’ is finally there. de Puy has lived for several years in Wormer, a small village surrounded by water just to the north of Amsterdam. She is fascinated by the American countryside, and during the recent lockdown discovered that her new environment proves to be very universal, with the same sort of local small-town icons that she has often encountered during her travels through the rural landscapes of America. Dozens of encounters follow and, slowly, not only a photo book is created but also a world in which she starts to feel at home.


Sammy Slabbinck

Sammy Slabbinck renders dynamic paper collages, illustrations, videos & prints combining found imagery with contemporary compositional styles. The images are cut up into pieces and redistributed, playing with exaggeration, scale and proportions. Other times, the images are placed in a reverse context, juxtaposing modern ideals with traditional states of mind. His eye for muted tones and surreal compositions make his work engaging, memorable and sometimes humorous.


Bart Heynen

Bart Heynen captures the pride and joy of gay fatherhood in his new book ‘Dads’. Four years the project was ongoing, meaning that while photographing his subjects, he became particularly close to them: “they became my extended family,” he says. This grew to such lengths that he’d often visit on several occasions, taking their familial picture with a touch of warmth and respect. While photographing these families he wanted to show that they are just like any other family, but at the same time have their own unique characteristics.

Sébastien Van Malleghem

During the pandemic, as he was forced to isolate himself for health reasons, Van Malleghem combed four years of archives with one goal in mind: to show the power of nature — its darkness, too. “As a photographer, I have visited some pretty wild places,” he said. “I wanted to confront them. I was tired of humans, always and everywhere. I was tired of this constant noise. So I tried to go and meet nature.” The result is the book “Allfather”. It mixes photos from the Arctic, the Everglades in Florida, Northern France and even his own garden. The combination is a tribute to nature’s wonders but also to its undeniable strength.

How to get there

By Car

The Concertgebouw is located 4 kilometres from the motorway.

On the E40 (Brussels-Ostend) or the E403 (Lille-Kortrijk-Bruges):

  • Take exit 8 for Bruges and follow the N31.

  • Take the ‘Brugge Centrum – Waggelwater – AZ Sint-Jan’ turnoff. This will lead you into the Bevrijdingslaan. Continue along this road.

  • Pass the third set of traffic lights. About 200 metres after these traffic lights, you will find the entrance to the underground car park ‘Centrum-Zand’.

The car park Interparking

  • ‘Centrum-Zand’ is located directly beneath the Concertgebouw. Motorists who enter the car park after 18.00 and leave it before 05.00 are charged a special evening rate of maximum € 3 (subject to change by Interparking).

  • ‘Centrum- Station’ (10 minutes walk from the Concertgebouw). Rates there are a maximum of € 1.10 an hour and € 5.50 a day (subject to change by Interparking). Your parking ticket entitles you to free bus transport to and from the centre (stop right next to the Concertgebouw).

By Bus 

A bus leaves the station for the city centre every 5 minutes. There is a bus stop right next to the Concertgebouw. You can take the evening bus from the Concertgebouw to the residential districts around Bruges until 23.10 and in some cases later. These late buses cost the same as the ordinary bus. Bus timetable:

By Train

The Concertgebouw is just 10 minutes walk from the Bruges station. Simply cross the station square and the main road and turn left onto the path through Albert Park. Train timetable:

By Bike

Bicycle Parking Centrum-Zand (level -1 via the Parking Centrum-Zand pavilion alongside Noordzandstraat). Request your personal access pass for this here.

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