In a conversation with Sam Steverlynck
Wednesday 2 may 2018, at 7 pm
Liepāja, strongly illustrates the theme of Ruins in the exhibition Melancholia. On the occasion of its presence in the show, Belgian artist Geert Goiris looks back on this work, his oeuvre and his projects in a conversation with Sam Steverlynck.
The building is one of the ruins of the Liepãja fortress on the Latvian coast. Built between 1890 and 1906, it is one of the largest fortification projects of the Russian Empire. The fortress’s location was deemed a strategic mistake and was abandoned in 1908. Despite efforts to destroy it, it was impossible to make the whole fortification disappear, and several collapsed elements lost to the sea remain unmoving and powerless.
Geert Goiris is a Belgian photographer born in Bornem in 1971, and now based in Antwerp. His oeuvre is largely composed of landscapes. Through his work, he aims to confuse the viewer’s gaze by placing extraordinary or unexpected elements across his scenes, creating worlds bordering on dreams. He qualifies this approach as “traumatic realism” and invites the viewer to confront another enigmatic reality shaping troubling compositions.
Besides this he also is a researcher and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and was a guest lecturer at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the ISDAT in Toulouse (France), CEPV Vevey (Switzerland), Sint Joost Academy Breda (the Netherlands), Ladislav Sutnar faculty of design and art, Plzen (the Czech Republic) and the Fachhochschule of Bielefeld (Germany).
Sam Steverlynck has been co-editor in chief of the art magazine HART since January 2018. He also writes about visual art for De Standaard, DAMn° and Art Review. He is also a regular speaker on radio KLARA.
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Geert Goiris, Liepāja, 2004