Present + Corona Walks (from 27.06.2020)
Present + Corona Walks
Present is the renowned Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren’s (°1969) first major retrospective. The general public knows him best for his evocative black-and-white portraits but in recent decades he has produced a wide range of journalistic, documentary and artistic work.
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This exhibition provides space for both his iconic images and his equally impressive, lesser-known photographs, which together illustrate the evolution of Vanfleteren’s oeuvre. Throughout his career, Vanfleteren has shifted between action and stillness, heightened human interaction and complete aloneness. His practice as a photographer reflects these dichotomies: travel photography is interspersed with the intimacy of photographs produced in his natural light studio. As time has gone on, quietude and death have increasingly crept into his work. These are elements that are central to two series exploring still life and nude photography, neither of which has been exhibited before.
The exhibition takes over the entire museum and leads the visitor on a journey through Stephan Vanfleteren’s work. Present offers the opportunity to look back on a rich and intense oeuvre with one element in common: the photographer is always present.
CORONA WALKS (from 27.06.2020)
At the beginning of the lockdown in Belgium Stephan Vanfleteren introduces a new ritual: Corona Walks. At nightfall he goes to the sea, the dunes, the forest or the polders. Not in a hurry, because ordinary life stands still. The journey always ends in darkness.
A selection from the new series that Stephan Vanfleteren made during his walks will be on show at FOMU from June 27, 2020. These pictures are the photographer's answer to the pandemic that broke out during the Present retrospective. Corona Walks occupies an extra room in the museum and is an addition to the Stephan Vanfleteren - Present exhibition. Both can be visited until September 13, 2020 .
Curators: Rein Deslé & Joachim Naudts