Lives in Ghent (BE), born in Eeklo (BE).
"When you reduce everything, it comes straight at you. Sex, death. I know it sounds like a narrow cliché, but you have to dare admit that that's what it's about. That power and destructiveness of it, the feeling and the anti-feeling: it certainly remains an underlying layer in my work. However much it may be below the surface. Remarkably enough, in my work it has a lot to do with the cropping. The fact that you don't see certain things, or you do." - Dirk Braeckman
In his work, Dirk Braeckman cultivates the pictorial potential of the photographic process for radically atmospheric images. His instantly recognizable, claustrophobic black and white photographs often appear desolate and bleak: grainy interiors, blind walls, a rare portrait of a nude female... The filmic effect of these images is enhanced by Braeckman's unorthodox framing, which lends the scenes a certain suspense reminiscent of French photographer Atget.
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Dirk Braeckman, Zelfportret nr.35, 1990. Photography, gelatin silver print, 54 x 54 cm.
Zelfportret nr. 36
Dirk Braeckman, Zelfportret nr. 36, 1990. Photography, gelatin silver print, 54 x 54 cm.
M.F.- G.D.- 99
Dirk Braeckman, M.F.- G.D.- 99, 2000. Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.
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The collection XXVIII – I...
17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011.
In the summer of 2011, the M HKA invited British artist Emily Wardill (°1977, Rugby) to make a selection of works from the collection, and to
From Broodthaers to Braec...
06 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
Through representative examples From Broodthaers to Braeckman. Photography in the Visual Arts in Belgium shows how the medium of photography
28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
For the first time, the M HKA will be able to present a permanent collection exhibition with iconic masterpieces from Flemish and internation
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
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The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive