Mosaic of photos on film applied on aluminium panels (2007)
Photos of people who live a stone’s throw away from the premetro station adorn the eleven pillars installed in the central platform. Still-lifes and atmospheric photos of the area complete the work and form a mosaic. The striking thing about the work of art is that the pillars contain a mix of large photos that are visible to (rushed) passers-by and smaller images that are mostly aimed at passengers who are waiting. In order to carry out this project, Vincen Beeckman regularly called upon residents and passers-by with small posters. The aim was to make them feel involved in the station because some of them are represented in the work of art. The local residents will see some of their friends and neighbours as well as places, like schools, where they grew up. The realisation of this work brought a real vitality to the neighbourhood.
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VINCEN BEECKMAN (Schaerbeek, 1973)
As an artist, Vincen Beeckman looks for the various possibilities linked to documentary photography in interaction with others and with the existing environment. He works for the association Recyclart and is a founding member and coordinator of BlowUp, a collective that unites several photographers who make their practices public in an open confrontation. The artist creates series of photos of everyday life, in a family environment, for research or on request. He uses the camera as an instrument which captures the events he participates in, the people he meets, what he sees, the places he travels to and the places he is part of. Beeckman’s photographic technique seems to be based on a strange combination of luck and production.