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.
>Dirk Braeckman, Zelfportret nr. 36, 1990.Photography, gelatin silver print, 54 x 54 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, Zelfportret nr.35, 1990.Photography, gelatin silver print, 54 x 54 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, E-101-92, 1992.Other, gelatin silver print, 50 x 50 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, C.O.-I.S.L.-94, 1994.Photography, gelatin silver print, 80 x 120 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, R.P.- B.X. - 00, 2000.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, M.F.- G.D.- 99, 2000.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, B.C.-B.X.-01, 2001.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, A.R.-S.V.-01, 2001.Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 180 X 120 cm.
>Dirk Braeckman, AP7/07-02, 2002.Photography, c-print, aluminium, 83 x 60 cm.
> Exhibition: Els Dietvorst - Dooltocht I A desperate quest to find a base for hope. 07 February 2020 - 10 May 2020.
> Exhibition: From Broodthaers to Braeckman – Photography in the Visual Arts in Belgium. 06 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
> Exhibition: The Collection. 28 April 2017 - 05 April 2020.
> Exhibition: The collection XXVIII – If you shoot a bullet in a vacuum, will it keep travelling forever? (Emily Wardill). 17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011.
> Ensemble: Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap.
> Ensemble: Imaged Space.
> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.
> Ensemble: NU TE ZIEN.