Geert Goiris
(Belgium, born in 1971, live in Antwerpen)

without title, expedition in the north of Chile, 2005
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Geert Goiris is a frequent traveller, always in search of unusual places and powerful, strange and beautiful " scenes " to use for the composition of his photographies. The uncanny character of the situations he interested in is usually due to the hand of man. He speaks himself of " traumatic realism ", and his images are charged with a mysterious poetic value. Although everything is real in his shots, they could also be regarded as mental landscapes, where reality tends towards a sort of ideal. While usually resorting to an average format, he can also produce very big printings, the size of a wall, thus provoking in the spectator a mental projection into the magnificence of the image.

solo shows (selection)
2005 Zach Feuer Gallery, LFL, New York / 2004 Galerie Art : Concept, Paris, France / The world as we know it, Prospekto Gallery, Vilnius / Recent Views, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Gordes / 2003 Lost in Space, Roger Vandaele Editie, Anvers / Standing on Ice, Karavanserai Museum, Tbilisi / 2002 Possibilities, Netwerk Galerij, Aalst / Frequentie, Lokaal 01/ 2001 Van Wijngaarden Galerie, Amsterdam / Surrounded, Galerie Václavy Spály, Praha / Kontor in Der Schneiderei, Köln / 2000 Reconstruction, Museum for Photography, Anvers

group shows (selection)
Buenos días Santiago - una exposición como expedición (curateur attitudes), Museo de arte contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile / 2004 STUK, Leuven / Undercurrent, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul / Academia Belgica, Rome / Manifesta 5, San Sebastian / Broelmuseum, Kortrijk / 2003 W 139, Amsterdam / Kaap Helder, Den Helder / Palais des beaux-arts, Bruxelles / Balabanov house, Plovdiv / Provinciale prijs Beeldende Kunst, Koningin Fabiolazaal, Anvers / Karavanserai Museum, Tbilisi / 2002 Sint- Lukasgalerij, Brussels / Caermersklooster, Gand / Museum for Contemporary Art, Anvers / Staal / Galerie Duchamp, Yvetot Hooghuis, Arnhem / 2000 De ladder van Pontormo, Gand / Short-circuits: Contemporary photography from Flanders, Tallinn, Estonia / W 139, Amsterdam, Netherlands / Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig / VLAM, Netwerk 2, Aalst / Hortus Panoramicus , Groenenberg / Tours et taxis, Bruxelles / Fotofestival, Herten / 1999 ruimte IN/OUT, Anvers / 1998 Museum Van Humbeek-Piron, Leuven