July 16 > September 12
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Thursday July 9 : 6:00 > 22:00
Friday July 10 : 6:00> 22:00
Margaret Lansink "Borders of nothingness"
In the infinite flow of everything, people come and go in our lives. While the presence of some can be so subtle that we hardly register when it begins or ends, with others it’s far clearer: they enter, or leave, with a bang.
In this series of black and white images, Dutch photographer Margaret Lansink (b. 1961) dwells in the emotional state of transition between knowing and not knowing another person.In reaction to her daughter’s decision to suspend contact with her, Lansink uses the camera to feel out the sense of severing a connection. She photographs landscapes and nude women, often rendered mysterious or unreadable, seemingly asking: is this the moment you were gone? Borders of Nothingness raises heavy questions regarding the presence and absence of others in our lives, engaging with our sense of loss as well as the everyday miracle of making the acquaintance of another.
(Katherine Oktober Matthews Feb.2018).
Margaret Lansink is a fine art photographer who graduated PhotoAcademy Amsterdam in 2012. She studied in 2016 at LeMasterklass Paris and in 2019-2020 at the Masterclass of Smedsby Atelier, also in Paris. The works of Margaret have been awarded with Hariban Award 2019 and her work is selected for Head On 2020 and Haute Photographie 2020 Rotterdam. She participates in exhibitions, residencies and competitions in Holland and abroad. Her work has been shown in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Den Helder, Antwerp, Arles, UK, New York, Vancouver, Japan, Tbilisi, Kaunas and Barcelona.
In 2016 Margaret and her partner Rene van Hulst have been rewarded with an AIR with the Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania (november 2016) and with Shiro Oni Studio in Japan (august 2017); both for their project ‘the Kindness of One’. She has published 4 books and two more books will be launched in 2020. Margaret is member of FemmesPHOTOgraphes Paris and member/founder of iwi_collective. Additionally, she often coaches young photographers in developing their signature and portfolio.
Christopher de Béthune "ORION"
Orion is a memory of a ghost relationship, a personal experience of light and shadow, black, with and innumerable shades of grey. The subjects and words of the author are lost in time, a devouring passion, suffering and the inspiration one can source from these emotional states. A remembrance to which Orion’s belt is it’s cold guardian.
Christopher de Béthune is a Belgian photographer whose images and landscapes in black and white are witnesses of sadness, comfort and nostalgia.
Veiled in a dark romanticism, his work has been described at once impulsive and other times prudent but always with notes of melancholia and solitude, inviting the viewer to travel and abandon.
Japanese cinema has a big influence on the artist's work.
YOUNG TALENT : Robin Nissen "Chrysalide"
Provides a second exhibition space, reserved to show and encourage the work of young and aspiring artists and students. Their work can be discovered all year round.
Robin Nissen, student at École Supérieure Arts Saint-Luc Liège, joins Margaret Lansink and Christopher de Béthune, at l'enfant sauvage's next exhibition with a series titled 'Chrysalide'. A very intimate collection of images treating the acceptance of the body, of self and revealing a difficult episode in the life of the young artist.
"It was a morning in a month that I dont remember. I was talking to friends on the school grounds and all of a sudden, looking over my shoulder, I caught the gaze of a boy. In a fraction of a second, his looking at me changed my life. For years following this event I became very introvert. I was afraid to talk about my feelings in fear of being judged. I was afraid of having fallen in love with that boy. Yes, I was afraid and yes, I know it's stupid. I never saw him again apart from one or two fleeting instances. From that illustrious day on, his face was engraved in my memory. I was, like a horse, branded.
This series of images evoke a painful part of my life."
Etienne Panier lives and works in Brussels. He has been working the linoleum frenetically for ten years now. His style is marked by comic art. Inspired by Japanese printmaking he sources his inspiration in asian folklore and creates scènes populated by monsters in a joyful and mysterious atmosphere. He creates a universe dominated by black and white. In 2019 Panier realizes his first solo exhibition at Calaveras gallery wherein he presents the Mostrorum Catalogo, a funny compendium of a hundred monsters whose faces and the maxims that accompany them aim to create laughter or at least draw a smile from the spectator.
A professional graphic artist, illustrator, engraver and photographer, Mathieu Van Assche lives and works in Brussels. A creative millipede, curious by nature and slave to the image, he sources his inspiration from the effervescence of popular neighborhoods, sacred imagery, use of the mask in pagan traditions and comic art.
Naturally and (un)consciously he takes a devilish pleasure in creating confusion by mixing styles, references and various techniques, finally creating a very personal universe. He blows life into a dented world, populated by monsters, fantastic beasts, sometimes soft and funny, sometimes unsettling and scary.
Noemie Béchu is an multidisciplinary artists based in Brussels. Passioned by the art of printing she opened up her artisanal screen printing atelier in Saint Gilles in 2017. This creative space is destined for experimentation and research enables her to invite and help other creatives to realize their projects. She finds her inspiration in the organic and natural world, femininity and bloom and human relationships. Her drawings, illustrations, poster art, jewelry, textiles and other creations address different subjects, always marked by a positif and generous spirit.
YOUNG TALENT : Emilie Maricq, Abi Coeffier & Bastien Communi
Abi Coeffier : "Freshman student in photography at ESA 75, photography has always played an important role in my life. As a kid I always carried around a disposable camera during vacations and at about 16 years old I got my first digital reflex camera. From that point on I started collecting cameras and my interest steered towards analogue photography. During the confinement I started to make self portraits with this technique. Being alone in my apartment, for the most part cut off from the outside world, I decided to deconstruct the body using objects surrounding me in daily life. Thus I created still lifes using the sunlight entering through my windows"
Emilie Maricq : Belgian student in her third year visual communication and graphic arts at ENSAV La Cambre, photography is my preferred medium for self expression. I've been using analogue technique for a number of years now but only recently I've started to create my own universe. During this peculiar time of confinement, sitting and waiting are our main activities, we are stuck in a decor, becoming part of it. The creation of images has become my escape, the decor changes and tells stories."
Bastien Communi : "My interest in photography started quite young. This medium has accompanied me for many years and continues to evolve in my eyes. Photography, for me, is a way of existing and of existing in the wanted world. It is also a powerful means of expression and communication. I consider my photographic work as a sensitive collection through which oneirism wanders from image to image. "