☰   BERT DANCKAERT   

(°1965, Antwerp, Belgium) studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts (NHISK) in Antwerp (B). Since the mid nineties, he has been working as a photographer and has showed his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. Besides his artistic activities, Danckaert also writes about photography for several newspapers and magazines (mainly <H>ART) and has worked as freelance curator. He is associate professor of photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (B). Bert Danckaert is POC (Piece of Cake) member, an international network of photographers.
In 1999, Danckaert started the series 'Make Sense!' which was published as a book in 2006. In 2007 he started working on a series entitled 'Simple Present' of which the book 'Simple Present - Beijing' appeared in 2008, 'Cape Town Notes' in 2009 and finally the complete series 'Simple Present' in 2013. In 2016 his 5th book 'Horizon' appeared together with the English translation of his novel 'De Extra's' as 'The Extras'.


Bert Danckaert Antwerp, Belgium, 1965

Education

2014 PhD in the Arts, Tilburg University / Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
1993 National Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Antwerp
1990 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, dep. Photography
1984 Royal Flemish Conservatory, Antwerp, dep. Drama

Solo shows

2018 'True Nature', Laroche/Joncas Gallery, Montreal, Canada
2018 'Horizon', Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
2017 'Horizon', Cine Rialto, Santiago, Cuba
2016 'Horizon', Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels
2015 Triennial of Bruges, Simple Present, Gallery 44, Bruges, B.
2014 'Simple Present', Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
2013 'Simple Present', Netwerk, Aalst, B.
  The Extras (Europalia India) BOZAR, Brussels, B.
  'No Exit', Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels, B.
  'Simple Present', Stieglitz19, Antwerp, B
  'Simple Present', Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg (L)
2011 ''Simple Present’, Art Amsterdam, MK gallery, Amsterdam, (NL)
2010 'Simple Present’, MK gallery, Rotterdam, (NL)
2009 'Simple Present’, McBride Fine Art, Antwerp (B).
2007 'Simple Present', Hexgalleries, Heks, B
2006 Side Effects (with Lynne Cohen), Gallery Visor, Valencia (Es)
  'Abwesend’, (with Lutz Masanetz), Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin (D).
  'Side Effects' (with Lynne Cohen), Netwerk, Aalst, B
2004 'Make Sense !', Galerie Im Alcatraz, Summeracademy Salzburg, Austria.
2003 '(...) Make Sense !', C.C. Hasselt, B
  '(...) Make Sense !', O.C. Burcht, B
  'Happy People', Hotel Ideal, Laika, Antwerp, B
2002 'Buxus !', theatre, (collaborration with Peter Boelens), with Bas Teeken, Filip Jordens, a.o. , B
  Make Sense !', Vollard Gallery, Sofia, BG
2001 'Helmstraat 88', theatre (collaborration with Peter Boelens), with Bob De Moor and Soetkin Verwilt, B
  'Hotel Ideal', Tweetaktfestival, Antwerp, B
2000 'Make Sense !', Netwerk Galerij , Aalst, B
1998 'Salto Mortale', Beeld, Niel, B
1997 'The Angelika Petzold Case', Bernarduscentrum , Antwerp, B
1996 Dr.Geiger & Anna Schumann' , Beeld, Niel, B
1993 'Orientations', Academiegalerij, Antwerp , B
1992 Vollard Gallery, Plovdiv, BG


Group shows
(selection)

2020 Duo exhibition 'Common Ground' (Bert Danckaert + Nele Van Canneyt), Bubox, Kortrijk, Belgium, February-March 2020
2019 Photo Brussels Festival, Hangar, Brussels
2018 Kunst In Puurs, open air installation, January 2018
2017 'Museum on Scale 1/7', Ghisla Art Collection, Locarno, CH
  'Collective Thinking for Freedom', six artist collectives, Aperture Foundation, New York, opens February 22nd, 2017
2016 Mapping Emotions/Landscape, Etage22, A-Tower, Antwerp
2015 Ontheemd, Maagdenhuismuseum, Antwerp, B
  A Belgian Politician, Marion De Cannière Gallery, Antwerp, B
2014 Breda Photo, Breda, NL
  Museum to Scale, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL & Artis Naples, Florida, US
  Encounters at the boundary (curator Wilfried Cooreman), cc Puurs, B
2013 Museum to Scale, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, B
  Public-Private, OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
  Format, International Photofestival Derby (UK)
2012 KRASJ, Contemporary Art Project, Ninove (B), curated by Koen De Decker 
  'Luz a tu propia química', 11th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
  'Telling Stories….’ AkkuH in Hengelo, NL (collection Reyn van der Lugt)
  D.O.F. – Belgian Photography, Stieglitz 19, Antwerp, B
  D.O.F. – Belgian Photography, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
2011 'In the Company of Humour', Lokaal 01, Breda, NL (curated by Lieven Segers)
  Suspicious Landscapes, Genthof, Brugge, B
  Beyond the Document, Bozar, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels, B
  Tatse My Photons, Noorderlicht Galerie, Groningen (NL)
2010 Sugary Photographs, Festival, Antwerp, B
  As Time Goes By, MK Gallery, Berlin & Rotterdam
2009 Best General View, Bert Danckaert, Marc De Blieck, Arno Roncada, curated by Dirk Braeckman, Kunshaus Essen, Essen, D
2008 Arquitectura fantasma (Lynne Cohen, Bert Danckaert, Thomas Weinberger, Yehuda Altmann) Gallery Visor, Valencia, Es
2007 Alone Together, touring POC-exhibition, International Photography Festival, Leipzig, Germany - download pdf 8MB
2005 'Capturing Utopia', Fournos, Month of Photography Athens, GR
  'Belgische fotografen, 1840 - 2005', FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, B
2003 'Happiness Land ', International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2001 'War', Gama Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  'Fototheek', DB-S fotografie, Antwerp, B
2000 'België-Holland/Holland-België', Nederlands Foto Instituut, NL & Kunstencentrum Oud St. Jan, Brugge, B
1998 'Kunstaanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen 1998', Amstelveen, NL
  'Photography Project Lommel 1998', CC De Adelberg, Lommel, B
  'Stadsgezichten', Museum Kempenland, Fotomanifestatie Eindhoven, NL
1997 Breeding Grounds'-9 Flemish Photographers, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona , Spain.
  'Prize Young Belgian Painting 1997'(Prix Jeune Peinture Belge), Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels, B
  'Laureates Provincial Prize Antwerp', Museum of Photography Antwerp, B
1996 'Picture This', Dennis Anderson Gallery, Antwerp, B
1993 'The Image of Reality' International Meetings of Photography , Bulgaria
  Laureates prize 'Photographie Ouverte', Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, B
  'Charabang-Borgerhout', cultural project for Antwerp 93 (Cultural Capital of Europe), B


Books

2016 The Extras, English translation of De Extra's, published by Jap Sam Books
  Horizon, published by Lannoo, text Alison Nordström
2013 Simple Present, published by Lannoo
  De Extra's, published by EPO
2010 Cape Town Notes, Track Report 0904
2008 'Simple Present - Beijing' text Jan Blommaert
2006 Make Sense! text Jean-Louis Poitevin & Lynne Cohen


Museum collections

  Photographic Foundation, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi
  Museum of Photography, Antwerp, B
  The New Art Gallery Walsall - diptych, #591 Guangzhou 2001 / #701 Guangzhou 2013
  Victoria & Albert Museum, London - Simple Present #67, #298, #402, #404
  Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL - Simple Present #584 (Hongkong, 2011)


Curated exhibitions

1993

'The Image of Reality’, International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (with Dirk
Braeckman, Ria Pacquée, …)

2003 'Happiness Land’, International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (with Geert Goiris, Karin Hanssen, Peter Boelens, …)
2007 'Speeltijd’ (Playtime), contemporary art in Koninklijk Atheneum Berchem (with Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Rineke Dijkstra, Dirk Braeckman, Karin Hanssen…)


Workshops, lectures and assistants
(selection)

1993 Assistant to Lynne Cohen, International Seminar on Photography, Alden Biesen, B
1994 Assistant to Dirk Braeckman, International Seminar on Photography, Alden Biesen, B
1995 Assistant to Stephen Shore, International Seminar on Photography, Hasselt, B
2002 Assistant to Lynne Cohen, Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildene Kunst, Salzburg, A
2004 Assistant to Lynne Cohen, Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildene Kunst, Salzburg, A
2011 Lecture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
2011 Workshop:  Photomeetings Luxembourg
2011 Lecture: Guangdong Museum of Arts Guangzhou, China
2012 Lecture: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
  Workshop: Universidad de las Artes, Havana, Cuba
2013 Lecture: Public-Private, OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
2013 Lecture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
2014 Lecture/debate (with POC): Goethe Institut, Athens, Greece
  Lecture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
2016 Workshop (5 days): Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
  Lecture organized by the Belgian Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam
2017 Workshop, Growing/VlirUos, Santiago, Cuba


Organized workshops

1998 Lynne Cohen (CA), Antwerp Photo Museum
2011 Lynne Cohen (CA), Antwerp Photo Museum
2012 Simon Roberts (UK), in collaboration with KASK, Ghent
  Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (F) and Yann Gross (CH), Antwerp Photo Museum
2013 Peter Bialobrzeski (D), Antwerp Photo Museum
2014 Seba Kurtis (AR), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
  Brian Ulrich (US), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
2015 Petros Efstathiadis (Gr), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
2016 Götz Diergarten (D), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
  Simon Roberts (UK), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
2017 Mariela Sancari (AR), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
2018 Short Intensive Program, Havana Cuba (with studentys from Antwerp and Havana)
2019 Southinitiative VLIR-UOS in Havana, Cuba: Cuba Photography Missions
2020 Symposium at ISA, Havana, Cuba (with Alison Nordström, Joachim Naudts and the 8 particvipating photographers)


Prizes and grants

1993 Prize of the Prince, Antwerp, B
1996 Grant of the 'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
1997 Grant of the 'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
  Selected for the'Prix Jeune Peinture Belge 1997', Brussels
1998 Laureate of the'Kunstaanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen 1998', Amstelveen (NL)
  Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
2000 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
2005 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community' for the production of the book 'Make Sense!'
2007 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community' for the production of the book 'Simple Present, Beijing'
2016 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community'


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