The duo exhibition of Frieke Janssens and Servaas Van Belle opened its doors last weekend. Both photographers are showing brand new work in Knokke-Heist.

Photo Knokke-Heist has previously welcomed such illustrious names as Tim Walker, Martin Parr, Stephan Vanfleteren and Anton Corbijn. Now it is the turn of not one but two top Belgian photographers to let their art shine in Knokke-Heist.

Servaas Van Belle’s work is on display in the ground floor of Cultural Centre Scharpoord. He toured 100,000 kilometres in Belgium in order to capture special stalls in a misty setting. The result is an impressive collection of architectural gems built from various materials with the most diverse colour palettes. But with one constant, namely its ideal lighting conditions. And that is fog. Dense fog.

In the upper hall, you are immersed in the fairy-tale world of Frieke Janssens. You come face to face with floating people. A purifying exhibition about mankind, the urge for escapism and the individual search for meaning. It is no coincidence that some of the images refer to Catholicism. The Bible and faith used to give people answers about the meaning of life. But as traditional religion loses ground, people look for other ways to give meaning to the ‘unbearable lightness of existence’. They seek refuge in earthly pleasures: love, wealth, eternal youth, family, but also drink, drugs. With in the background the sea and its eternal sequence of ebb and flow. Ozark Henry composed the soundscape for her ‘Nudes by Night’.

The photo exhibition can be visited until 12 June in Knokke-Heist. Both exhibitions are accompanied by a publication published by Hannibal Books.

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Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord

untill 12th of June

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