Geert Goiris

°1971, Bornem (BE) – lives and works in Antwerp (BE)

The photographs of Geert Goiris often denote a fundamental tension between man and nature. He documents unusual encounters with subjects that appear distinctly out of place and shows strange, abandoned urban environments with a hint of nostalgia, solitude and drama or utopian landscapes with traces of human presence. By regularly taking the viewpoint of the ‘outsider’, Goiris creates a tangible distance between photographer and subject. As he plays with form, abstraction, light and depth, all sense of time and space is banished using prolonged photographic exposure to reflect the unnaturalness of the situations he encounters; a style which the artist himself describes as “Traumatic Realism”.


Geert Goiris
Geert Goiris (Courtesy of Extra City Kunsthal)

Solo shows include FOAM, Amsterdam; VOX, Montreal; Barrage de Mauvoisin, Le Châble; Museum M, Leuven; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; and Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine. His work has also been on display in several group shows at Centre Pompidou, Metz; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Bozar, Brussels; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; MHKA, Antwerp; Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf; S.M.A.K, Ghent; Manifesta 5, San Sebastian; and Platform Garanti, Istanbul.

Goiris’ work is present, among others, in the collections of the following institutions: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Museum of photography, Antwerp; Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.

Geert Goiris is represented by the following gallery;
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Galerie Art: Concept, Paris

You can also view more works on Geert Goiris on his own website.

works by Geert Goiris

Geert Goiris - Salvage - 2013

Geert Goiris



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