Artist(s) Bert Danckaert
Venue Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels
Bert Danckaert, who lives and works in Antwerp, travels throughout the world in search of politically and socially charged images that are simultaneously documentary as well as conceptual. His images strike a balance between abstraction and figuration, form and content. Bert Danckaert considers “reduction and abstraction as tools to deal with difficult and complex subject matter, leading to ‘the image as comfort'”. The empathetic interpretation of his images can be documentary, formal, or both. His discerning eye transforms banal cityscapes into what photography historian and curator Inge Henneman describes as extraordinary “urban still lifes” that reveal his vast knowledge of art history and understanding of Modern Art—a legacy that allows him to morph the narrative and tangible into the formal and unreal.