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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Fine Art / Other

Glass of Mercy

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Fine Art / Other
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  • Photographer
    Barbara Vandendriessche

In this series 'Glass of mercy' I was looking for fragility in the human body and in the expressions of the young people in it. They live in their own world, are turned in on themselves. Also the colors used are faded, pale. The fragility is also present in the used materials: water, sand, glass, talcum, furr... The objects have lived, are used, have scars on them. What about the feelings of the young people holding them, touching them? The series wants to give the spectator a certain feeling, without explaining.

With my pictures and sculptures I seek for the beauty in the tragical, in pain. I worked for 20 years as a director and set designer at the theater. But more and more, photography, which I initially regarded as a sideline, invaded my professional path. I discovered how my experience within the theater influenced the language of my photography and experienced a sense of “back to basics”, of re-sourcing. In order to be able to clarify this more, I decided to leave the black box in 2017 and tell my story on the basis of photos and sculptures. My photos are often staged and focus on physicality.