ddk.#2 BRUSSELS - BOZAR - 23.06.2016
DDK #17 CONCERTGEBOUW BRUGGE
On the 15th of May De Donkere Kamer takes place at Concertgebouw Brugge.
Headliner of the evening is Erwin Olaf. He discusses his retrospective and new book. Espen Rasmussen presents his project ‘White Rage’. Third guest of the evening is Anaïs Lopez, who will showcase her multimedia project ‘The Migrant’. Furthermore Sybren Vanoverberghe talks about his latest project and Eric Rinckhout gives an insight in the new book of Martine Frank. As usual, Stijn Meuris treats the audience to a spoken column based on a photograph. Musical intermezzos are performed by Harrison Steingueldoir.
Erwin Olaf turns 60 this year. On this occasion he presents the first comprehensive overview of his work “Erwin Olaf: I Am”, bringing together his earliest images in black and white with his now iconic color work, including selections from his most recent and heretofore unpublished series shot in Shanghai. This chronological presentation traces the evolution of the artist from cheeky provocateur to royal portraitist, as well as the refinement of his unique vision and stylistic panache over the last four decades.
The book is published to accompany the largest retrospective of his work to date, a multiple-venue show that includes installations at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; and Fotomuseum Den Haag.
In his work photographer Espen Rasmussen (Norway) focuses on humanitarian issues and challenges related to climate change. For his project “The White Rage” Espen Rasmussen traveled around Europe and the USA, meeting with nationalists, right-wing fundamentalists and nazis to answer the question: “Why this rage?” Espen has won numerous awards for his work, including two prizes from World Press Photo, several in the Picture of the Year international (POYi) and 41 awards in the Norwegian Picture of the Year.
Anaïs López is a documentary photographer and storyteller. In her current practice, photography has become more and more a means to an end and not an end unto itself. She works with still and moving images and often collaborates with experts from other disciplines if the story requires it.
Her latest project centers around the Javan Myna, a small black bird with a boisterous crest and a sharp throat sound; everyone in Singapore knows. When the bird wakes up photographer Anaïs López one morning, she decides to follow him. The result is a fairytale story about a hunted songbird, as a metaphor for the migrant. With this multimedia project, The Migrant, Anaïs won the Silver Camera Award 2018 for Storytelling.
The work of photographer Sybren Vanoverberghe functions as an analysis of the correlation between place and time and the ever recurring cycle of history. He searches for elements of myths, nature and heritage both within ordinary sites as in places of historical importance. Deconstructed places and manipulated icons are working on an associative basis to create a new overview of the present. During our next edition at Concertgebouw Brugge on May 15thhe will discuss his collaboration with fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester, based on his 2 books ‘¡Pírate!’ (2017) and 2099 (2018).
Pianist Harrison Steingueldoir finished his masters degree at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2017, where he studied piano. Throughout the years Harrison won different awards as soloist and band member and toured through Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Portugal and Japan with Donder. Besides being a pianist, Harrison teaches, composes and arranges for bigband.