ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016


© Antoine d'Agata

The eighth edition of the De Donkere Kamer took place on the 15th of September in Vooruit (Ghent) together with 80 Days of Summer. 


Our moderators were journalists Frank Raes and Anna Luyten. They were joined by Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert to discuss his work “East/West.” And he was joined by Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx who was awarded Sony World Photography Award "Photographer of the Year 2017." Photographer for De Morgen, Tim Dirven, talked about his latest book and exhibition “Karkas.” Dutch photographer Renate Beense discussed her project “Gewoon Pa” and the Antwerp Fomu curators presented a new selection of .tiff-photographers. Stijn Meuris treated the public to a spoken word column based on a photograph. 


The pitchers were Laura Van Severen, Lucas Leffler and Alix Jacops. The overal winner of the evening was Alix Jacops.


Harry Gruyaert:


Belgian photographer Gruyaert studied at the School for Photo and Cinema in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. His total immersion in colors and landscapes won him the Kodak Prize in 1976. In the 1980s, Gruyaert travelled to Los Angeles and Los Vegas to photograph the situation post-iron curtain Russia. He photographed a "banality that is extremely interesting."  As this was an aspect which was close to Gruyaert's heart, he discussed his project with the public at the DDK.


Frederik Buyckx:

Frederik Buyckx was born in 1984 in Antwerp, Belgium. He received a master’s degree in advertising design at Sint-Lucas Antwerp in 2007. This DDK, Buyckx showed us a series of black and white images of winter landscapes. Buyckx focused on the struggle against the disappearance of the areas. Buyckx won the Sony Award for photographer of the year and landscape photographer with these images.


Tim Dirven:

After studying photography at the Saint Lucas Institute in Brussels from 1988 to 1992, Tim spent a year at the FAMU Institute in Prague. Tim Dirven's work, which he displayed at this DDK, was a collection of his personal work from the last 20 years. Dirven describes his work as a search for the essence of existence. He takes pictures of no-nonsense people and looks for a balance in things which are mostly uncertain. His collection is called "Karkas." 


Renate Beense:

The Dutch photographer Renate Beense graduated from the Foto Academy in Amsterdam in 2014. She won first prize at the International Photo Festival Leiden with her thesis “Just Dad.” In 2014 she won Lens Culture’s Emerging Talents Award. Her work, "Just Dad" is a type of documentary on her eccentric father's life. Her father does what whatever he wants from chain smoking to writing poetry to collecting newspapers. The images are telling, yet remain private. The viewer is not only curious about the father but also the photographer.