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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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: Vincent Delbrouck
Vincent Delbrouck creates memorable impressions of the places he explores by integrating personal and fictional perspectives into single works.
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.
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.
Together with Vice Belgium, FOMU talks with four women about masculinity. All four identify in some way with butchness.