ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


On April 28th 2017, the sixth edition of De Donkere Kamer took place at OPEK in Leuven.


Journalist Anna Luyten and presenter Frank Raes talked with Dieter De Lathouwer about his book 'I loved my wife' and the exhibition at Le Botanique.


Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael shared his project 'Buzzing at the Sill'  on being home after years of working as a war photographer. Karin Borghouts and Jasper Leonard presented the expo 'Stadsfotograaf' at Museum Aan de Stroom. Nick Claeskens shed light on his project 'Bus Stop'. Frits Gierstberg promoted Henri Cartier-Bresson’s exhibition at Nederlands Photomuseum in Rotterdam. Stijn Meuris ended the evening with a spoken column inspired by a photograph.


The pitchers were Heleen Peeters, Matthieu Litt and Louise Honée. The overal winner of the evening was Heleen Peeters. 

© Peter van Agtmael


Dieter De Lathouwer:

Belgian photographer Dieter De Lathouwer graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2005. His work, "I Loved My Wife" was a visual research project in Austria. The book shows a road trip based on the trauma from the Second World War. Psychiatric institutions were the main inspiration behind this work. De Lathouwer removed every single spectacular element from the image and thus creates a quiet and frosty world. 



Expo Stadsfotograaf MAS:

For this DDK we invited two photographers, Karin Borghouts and Jasper Leonard, from the project "Stadsfotograaf Antwerp". The project invites different photographers to showcase Antwerp in a different light. The works are currently being show in an exhibition, curated by Kaat Celis, at the Museum Aan de Stroom, in Antwerp


Nick Claeskens:

26 year old Belgian photographer Nick Claeskens started his photography career in Kortenberg photographing airplanes. This DDK, Claeskens used photos as a means of starting a conversation around globalization. He focused on the small, authentic family bus businesses which have to stand up to the bigger companies looking to buy out the smaller companies. He didn't necessarily want to capture these images to bring attention to the situation, but rather to capture it before it disappears.  


Peter van Agtmael:

Peter Van Agtmael was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He became a Magnum Photos Member in 2013. At the DDK, he discussed his work "Buzzing at the Sill." This is a body of work undertaken on van Agtmael's return home to America after years as working as a war correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan. By completing the project, he tried to understand his experience and his country.