Brussels and Beyond: What Not to Miss in the Coming Months

Martien Vanbeeck - BSPF 2018 Singles Brussels prize

The BSPF being an initiative that aims to further spread photography culture in Brussels and beyond, has carefully picked several photography related expositions that will take place in the upcoming months. All of these events are either in Brussels or a stone’s throw from it, and if you are interested in our festival, street photography or photography in general, they offer a lot to discover.

There All is Order and Beauty

For the third and last exhibition of the series exploring the dialectic between photographic and moving images in the works of the Argos collection, we look at streets, hinterlands and landscapes. Like the oldest surviving camera photograph View from the Window at Le Gras (1826 – 1827) by Nicéphore Niépce (1765 – 1833), the works in the exhibition open perspectives on urban and rural surroundings. Specific spots are sometimes endpoints or places for a new beginning. They tell us about everyday journeys along now much changed neighbourhoods or they are representations of unknown regions to be discovered. At times some places look trivial, other times astonishingly beautiful. They can have an iconic and universally recognisable aspect or in some cases the memory of their appearance has been lost over time. Beyond obvious contrasts, the relationship between natural landscapes and the built environment is much more complex than it at first appears. In this way the exhibition shows how we contemplate nature and connect to landscapes, but it also engages in a consideration of how a specific environment shapes our behaviour and imagination. It’s a journey through place and time, a drift along the blurred line between practice and poetry. In collaboration with Countertype, Centre pour la photographie contemporaine.

When: Until July 14th, 2019

Where: ARGOS Centre for Art and media // Rue du Chantier 13, 1000 Brussels

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A Trip Around the World with Female Photojournalists

In collaboration with the Halles Saint-Géry, Géopolis is organising a series of exhibitions devoted to female photojournalists. Through the lens of ten well-known female photojournalists, Geópolis offers a view on current affairs. Their work shows a far-reaching picture of current issues and global problems such as conflicts, the situation of refugees and that of other vulnerable groups and the impacts of climate change.

When: Until June 30th, 2019

Where: Halles Saint-Géry // Place Saint-Géry 1, 1000 Brussels and Géopolis, Ateliers des Tanneurs // Rue des Tanneurs 58, 1000 Brussels

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Peter Downsbrough – OVERLAP/S

To mark his exhibition OVERLAP/S at the Botanique, Downsbrough will furnish the Museum with a selection of some more or less recent works and new creations that represent his diverse practices. A selection of black and white photographs from the DOORWAYS series taken between 1980 and 2016 will be also presented. The artist takes the same approach to photography as to sculpture: with gestures resembling those of the sculptor, he cuts, removes and trims the urban space through his lens in order to highlight the architectural and functional structures of the city. Downsbrough will also create two room pieces, one in the Gallery space and the other in the Botanique entrance foyer.

When: From June 6th, 2019 through August 11th, 2019

Where: Le Botanique, Cultural Centre of the French Community // Rue Royale 236, 1210 Brussels

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Photobook Belge

Photobooks have been one of the most effective means of expression for photographers since photography began. They remain in circulation, are portable and can be reissued, thus reaching a larger public than an exhibition ever could. To date, hardly any research has been conducted into Belgian photobooks. Photobook Belge aims to fill this gap by providing an overview of the evolution of the Belgian photobook from the mid-19th century to today. This exhibition and publication are finally giving the Belgian Photobook – a concept in itself – the recognition it deserves. The publication Photobook Belge is published by FOMU in partnership with Hannibal.

When: Until October 10th, 2019

Where: FOMU – Fotomuseum Antwerpen // Waalsekaai 47, 2000 Antwerp

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Georges Senga – Cette maison n'est pas à vendre

Links between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Belgium are constantly disconnecting and reconnecting what with countries awaiting democratic elections, decolonisation and the opening of the Africa Museum. The Fondation A Stichting has chosen to invite the artist Georges Senga, born in 1983 in Lubumbashi. The exhibition brings together three major works produced between 2012 and 2016, Une vie après la mort (Life After Death), Kadogos, Cette maison n’est pas à vendre et à vendre (This House is not For Sale and For Sale), as well as two new ongoing projects. Blending fictitious content and documentary elements from a violent post-colonial history, one of children thrown into the war by the fierce struggle for power, one of family conflicts or attempts at illegal appropriation, Georges Senga reflects upon our perception of his country. From his personal background, a thread where the past and future converge, he attempts to gather and reclaim the scattered pieces of a puzzle so as to reclaim a history, a cultural heritage.

When: Until June 30th, 2019

Where: Fondation A Stichting // Avenue Van Volxem, 304 bte 1, 1190 Brussels

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Mobile / Immobile

In two centuries, the acceleration of our movements and the ubiquity allowed by telecommunications have disrupted everything: life rhythms, land use planning, migration, climate crisis… Mobility is thus at the heart of the major challenges of our time. In this exhibition, the Forum Vies Mobiles brings together artists and researchers to shed light on the history of these transformations, make sensitive the collective choices we face, and open up avenues towards more desirable futures. The exhibition presented to the National Archives by the Forum Vies Mobiles, a think tank on the mobility of the future, proposes to explore the manifestations of this mobility that has become central to our lifestyles and to question its future. Combining the views of contemporary artists, social science researchers and the National Archives collection, the Mobile/Immobile exhibition highlights the ambivalence associated with our movements, which are both formidable sources of freedom (the exhilaration of speed, possibility of escaping from one’s geographical environment or working in the city and living in the countryside…) but also of alienation (intensification of daily life, injunction in the professional world…), controls and prohibitions (migrants’ crisis, access to transport…) and environmental problems (pollution, climate change…).

When: From June 15th, 2019 through September 15th, 2019

Where: Maison de la Photographie // Rue Pierre Legrand 28, 59000 Lille, France

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June 3, 2019