Dirk Braeckman, born 1958 Eeklo (BE) lives and works in Ghent (BE).
He is one of Belgiums prominent artists working with photography. Dirk Braeckman has spent the past 30 years developing an impressive portfolio. Working with the medium of photography, he occupies a distinctive place within the visual arts.
His work is highly subjective and avoids the conventional rules we recognize in classis documentary photography. His images are intriguing and suggestive and show us the darker side of the everyday.
He discovers us empty spaces and shadow sites, mostly in dark black and white. Often without human presence, his creations transmit the nostalgic atmosphere typical of hotel rooms or abandoned ballrooms. The edition made for LOODD is an image selected of his private archive and has this strange bittersweet taste that defines his style.
Braeckman has taken part in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2017, he represented Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale. He has had solo shows at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (USA), LE BAL (Paris), De Pont (Tilburg), De Appel (Amsterdam), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), BOZAR (Brussels), M (Leuven) and ROSEGALLERY (Santa Monica, CA). Braeckman’s works are part of important private and public collections around the world, including in FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais (Dunkirk), Sammlung Goetz (Munich), De Pont (Tilburg) and Fondation Nationale d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Central Museum (Utrecht), and Musée d’Art Contemporain et Moderne (Strasbourg). There are also several publications on his artistic practice and oeuvre.