Anne De Gelas
The Brussels photographer Anne De Gelas creates highly personal work. Often self-portraiture, her images can be intimately revealing. She combines handwritten and typed texts, drawings, clippings and photographs to create a form of diary.
"Describing my own life was not a deliberate choice. It became something that was just natural" De Gelas' poignant works present an openly autobiographical narrative, with themes including family, loss and trauma but also love.
De Gelas invites the viewer to witness the beautiful but often difficult moments in her life. These photo books show us the passage of time and everything it touches, whether lightly or cruelly. “Art has always been a way to survive for me”, De Gelas says.
In 2020, FOMU acquired several special editions of her work, including sur une intimité… qui m’inquiète. This leporello book, published in 2004, tells the story of De Gelas’ pregnancy and the birth of her son.
You can discover the work of Anne De Gelas in the exhibition ‘re-collect’. 're-collect' takes you on an associative walk through a decade of acquisitions. The non-chronological approach encourages new connections to be made between the works. re-collect offers a simultaneous glimpse of the collection’s past, present and future.
De keuze van Dalilla Hermans
Author, theatre director and columnist Dalilla Hermans chooses her favorite image from the FOMU collection: a photograph from the series 'New ways of photographing the New Masai' by Jan Hoek. But why exactly this photograph?
De keuze van Frank Raes
Apart from being a well known sports journalist, Frank Raes is also a photographer. For the video series ‘De keuze van’ he dives into the collection of FOMU and chooses his favorite image.
De keuze van Samira Saleh
For the video series ‘De keuze van’, seven inspirational people choose their favourite image from the FOMU collection. Spoken word artist and presenter Samira Saleh chooses a photograph by the Syrian photographer and director Issa Touma.
Behind the scenes of the FOMU collection
In this video we would like to take you on an journey behind the scenes of the FOMU collection. How was the collection created? What is involved in preserving the collection? And how does FOMU want to collect in the future?
Re-Imagining Archival Evidence
In your imagination, what do you expect to see in a collection of photography from different scientific archives?
De keuze van Bent Van Looy
"For me, photography is primarily about looking into another world. Through the eyes, through the mind of the photographer.” Musician, painter and presenter Bent Van Looy chooses his favorite image from the FOMU collection.
On Inge Meijer’s A Garden Revisioned
During a residency Dutch artist Inge Meijer came across a massive archive of pre-wedding photography at a bankrupt wedding hall in Gwangju, South Korea. Meijer started working on the archive, which resulted in her ongoing installation project
De keuze van Dirk De Wachter
Psychiatrist and professor Dirk De Wachter chooses his favourite piece from the FOMU collection: a photograph of actor Julien Schoenaerts.
Artist video: Bieke Depoorter
Bieke Depoorter’s artistic practice is based on her relationships with the people she photographs. In recent years, she has been searching for ways to further close the gap.