A Map Through Time: Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection
A Quest For Meaning is an encyclopaedic endeavour – the story of the universe since the Big Bang told in photographs. (Hettie Judah)
On How Vincen Beeckman Became Part of My Life
"Talking about who Vincen is, and especially what his work is, without talking about the connections created by his work is pointless". Curator Rein Deslé writes about Vincen Beeckman.
The Gevaert Paper Project, unlocking a historical collection
FOMU is making the historical Agfa-Gevaert collection available in the Gevaert Paper Project.
Video Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection
Ndiritu’s art practice explores our rapidly changing world. She sees shamanism as a means to reactivate ‘the dying art museum’: "I believe that museums are important platforms."
Susan meiselas: video and interview
On the occasion of the exhibition Mediations, Susan Meiselas talks to Jeu de Paume about her life and work.
Meggy Rustamova, Nick Geboers and Maryan Sayd awarded FOMU Grants
The FOMU Grant creates a fertile ground for photographers based in Flanders to further their artistic careers. It consists of a commission for new work, a presentation in the museum, and the purchase of the work for the collection.
Recaptioning Congo is one of the Best Art Books from 2022 according to The New York Times
Recaptioning Congo - the book that accompanies the exhibition of the same name at FOMU - has been hailed in The New York Times as one of the best art books of 2022.
Video: Sandrine Colard about Recaptioning Congo
In this video, curator Sandrine Colard takes Marie-France Vodikulwakidi (VICE) on a tour in the Recaptioning Congo exhibition at FOMU.
Alice Pallot & Ugo Woatzi on show in Camera Italy
.tiff photographers Alice Pallot (2022) and Ugo Woatzi (2021) are selected for the exhibition 'On The Verge: Seven Young European Photographers' in CAMERA Turin.
The photo novel
The photo novel was one of the most popular mass media of the 1950s, comparable to the success of Netflix today. But what is it exactly? And how was it consumed?
Herman Selleslags & the FOMU collection
Herman Selleslags is one of the most famous photographers in Belgium and has been magazine Humo’s house photographer for fifty years.
Project Tegenlicht: New techniques for the preservation of photo archives
When the condition and the volume of photographic film is so challenging, how do you make such important archives accessible?
FOMU supports emerging Belgian talent with .tiff
Every year FOMU selects ten promising phototographers, all living or working in Belgium. Discover the selected artists for .tiff 2022.
Life During Wartime Through Ukrainian Photography
FOMU and Trigger Magazine would like to invite you to follow Ukrainian photographers to get their view on the situation and what it’s like to work as a photographer in a war situation: personally and professionally.
My Santa Barbara: Stories of migration and relocation
Santa Barbara is Markosian’s exploration of her own personal history. In a similar spirit, Diana Markosian and FOMU invite visitors of the exhibition to record a short video commenting on the trajectory of their own life.
It was not always such a ‘common’ insight: that artists are workers among other workers from other sectors. Read the essay by Rune Peitersen
Missing Women: Photography's Ongoing Issue
Four recent publications show that women are just as capable of producing great photographs as men, and always have been.
Art acquisitions Flemisch Community Collection preserved in FOMU collection
The selection was the responsibility of a committee of independent curators and experts from all six Flemish contemporary art museums including FOMU.
Together with Vice Belgium, FOMU talks with four women about masculinity. All four identify in some way with butchness.
Willy Kessels' Photography and the 1935 Brussels World's Fair
No other medium but photography would work for Willy Kessels (BE, 1898–1974) and define his entire philosophy, on which he imposed a new and recognizable trademark with superimpositions and photomontages.
Fruits Of Self-Care: Soft, Spoiled, Radical
Self-care is 'a bit of a catch-all term', thus opens writer and poet Anna Lounguine her essay on a concept that culturally speaking seems to have lost its ethical and political potentials.
Max Pinckers - Margins of Excess
Following the exhibition of Max Pinckers at FOMU, Public broadcaster VRT is showing the documentary 'Max Pinckers - Margins of Excess'.
Rebel Lives - Photographs from inside the Lord's Resistance Army
'Rebel Lives - Photographs from inside the Lord's Resistance Army' started as an exhibition at FOMU and tells the story of life within the Ugandan rebel movement Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
The Kaiserpanorama, a revolving spectacle that’s over one hundred years’ old
The Kaiserpanorama is one of the most remarkable items of the FOMU collection. It is a "modern machine", intended to bring photography to a wide audience. 25 people can simultaneously sit around the Kaiserpanorama and view three-dimensional images.
Vincen Beeckman about Le Fusée de la Motographie
The project 'Le Fusée de la Motographie' consists of more than 100 boxes. In each box you can find one or more photographs.
Re-Imagining Archival Evidence
In your imagination, what do you expect to see in a collection of photography from different scientific archives?
Radical Futurism: Documentary's Chronopolitics
With her compelling contribution to Indigenous futurism, Thirza Jean Cuthand’s Reclamation, 2018, documents what’s to come.
A Critique of Everyday Life
The photography of William Egglestone and Stephen Shore, part of the new color photography movement, is not often associated with ‘politics’, or utopian potentials. Young critic, Taylor Dorrell, thinks its worthwhile to reconsider this.
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
Social Transformation through Photography: The Case of KENE
A practice of care for a neighbourhood and its inhabitants flourishes at KENE in Bamako, Mali, a permanent photography lab for young adults, a place for education, relations, care for the neighbour and its collective memory construction.
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?
Virtual tour Stephan Vanfleteren
Watch the compilation of Present at home, the online tour through the expo 'Stephan Vanfleteren - Present' at FOMU. From episode 1, his early work, to episode 6, the still lifes that Vanfleteren makes in his daylight studio.
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.
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 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 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.
De keuze van Saskia De Coster
Writer Saskia De Coster delves into the image collection of FOMU. It is a work by the Belgian photographer Nick Hannes that stands out to her the most.
De keuze van Jaouad Alloul
“I get excited when I see this photograph, but not on a sexual level", explains theatre-maker, singer and entrepreneur Jaouad Alloul about his favorite picture from the FOMU collection.
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.
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.
Artist video: Vincent Delbrouck
Vincent Delbrouck creates memorable impressions of the places he explores by integrating personal and fictional perspectives into single works.
Artist video: 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.
Artist video: Mous Lamrabat
Beauty and a sense of hope are central to Mous Lamrabat’s work. His photographs are absurd and surrealistic, at times subtly provocative, always colourful and fun.
Artist video: Dirk Braeckman
Dirk Braeckman has developed an impressive career over the past 25 years. His photographs have a unique place in the visual arts. FOMU is currently the museum that manages the largest collection of Braeckman’s photographs.
Martine Franck mini-documentaire
The Belgian Magnum photographer Martine Franck has made portraits and reports for major American magazines such as Life, The New York Times and Vogue. Find out more about here life and work in this mini documentary.