ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


On June 21st 2017, De Donkere Kamer headed to the Concertgebouw in Bruges for a special midsummer night edition: De Donkerste Kamer. 


Lars Boering, director of World Press Photo, joined Anna Luyten in moderating the evening. Our main guest of the evening was Wim Vandekeybus. He presented his  latest  book 'The Rage of Staging', a visual trip through Vandekeybus' universum. Artist Jan Rosseel talked about 'Back-up' and Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen presented her book 'Blanco'. Additionally, Gilbert Fastenaekens revealed how the night brings light into his work. Stijn Meuris treated the audience to a spoken column and Eric Rinckhout discussed the newly opened expo of Sabastião Salgado at Nederlands Fotomuseum. Musical intermezzos were performed by Mauro Pawlowski.


The pitchers were Sofya Demskaya, Tim Theo Deceuninck and Geert Van Den Eede. The overal winner of the evening was Sofya Demaskaya. 

© Gilbert Fastenaekens


Gilbert Fastenaekens:

With the first Nocturnes, a series of urban locations photographed at night, Gilbert Fastenaekens laid the foundations of an aesthetic which is now at the heart of his uniqueness. Somewhere between documentary and artistic photography, he combines a pared-down formal vocabulary and an almost romantic sensibility. This DDK he discussed a variety of different projects and his exhibition at the time.


Wim Vandekeybus:

Wim Vandekeybus is known as a choreaographer, but apart from that he is an artistic wonder in all fields which includes photography. He recently published his book "The Rage of the Staging" in which he shows some of the images he took of podiums. Cross-medial photography is thus a crucial part to his process. The importance is focused on how other artists are used and the effects of light and dark. 


Awoiska van der Molen:

Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen studied at the photography department at the City University of New York. For this DDK, van der Molen discussed her work "Blanco." The project is the result of extended periods of isolation, during which she went deep into the essence of the remote world where she creates her images. Her personal experiences are thus the landscape to her creative process. 


Jan Rosseel:

Jan Rosseel studied documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands and photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. His works are a collection of visual stories, a combination of narration and documentation. And this DDK was no different. His project was a long research project which eventually lead to a solo exhibition called "Back-up."