Dirk Braeckman

Press release

We are very proud to present Dirk Braeckman’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York, opening January 23, 2022. This is the artist’s first exhibition in New York in more than a decade. 

Since the mid-1980s, Dirk Braeckman has developed an impressive oeuvre consisting of photography, and more recently his practice has come to include video. Encountering images from his daily surroundings by chance, Braeckman’s large scale monochrome images offer a window into an unidentified reality.

Braeckman’s darkroom functions like a painter’s studio; an area for experimentation where the artist allows freedom, spontaneity and time to influence his creative process. Using tools and techniques to manipulate the negatives, the resulting works possess a tactility rarely seen in photography. Braeckman’s painterly approach stretches the limits of the medium. According to him, photography is the most subjective experience there is. Far from telling the truth, the medium offers a boundless illusion.

His subtle, monochromatic photographs depict a range of subject matter submerged in shimmering light and shadow. Like a scene glimpsed through a door left ajar, Braeckman’s works reveal a concurrent reality that the viewer is not quite apart of. The artist’s photographs separate and condense space, and this effect is heightened by the seductive tones and velvety surfaces he pulls from his imagery.

Dirk Braeckman studied photography and film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE) from 1977 to 1981. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions at such venues as, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (US); BOZAR, Brussels (BE); S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE); Fotohof, Salzburg (AT);
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (NL); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (DE); Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (BR); Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK); WIELS, Brussels (BE) and Museum M, Leuven (BE). In 2017, Braeckman represented Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale (IT) and the artist’s work is currently part of the 34th edition of the Bienal de São Paulo until December 2021.