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Pieter Geenen


The work of Pieter Geenen addresses questions about the landscape, geo-political and geo-social realities. He is interested in the suggestive and evocative qualities of the landscape, and how man relates to the landscape. Within this context he has made works about the division of Cyprus (nostalgia, 2009), the border region of Congo-Rwanda, (scènes troublées, 2009), the refugee island of Lampedusa, (nocturne (lampedusa – fort europa), 2006), the Three Gorges Dam in China, (atlantis, 2008). Working with video, audio and photography, Geenen explores the boundaries of what is visible and audible. In resistance to a demystification of things and as an anti-image of traditional media Geenen explores the subtleness of things, focusing on what is hidden and slow. The spectator needs to complete the blurred gestalt, decode the spatial ambiguities, assume presences and see through all omissions and shortenings.

The work of Pieter Geenen has been shown at a.o. the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, EMAF (Osnabrück), Images Festival (Toronto), Argos Centre for Art & Media (Brussels), Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, and at the Liège Biennial (BE) and the Venice Biennial (IT). 

scènes troublées
nocturne (lampedusa - fort europa)
Gaze 6
Gaze 1
Gaze 3

Flanders Arts Institute

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