David Claerbout

1969 Belgium
  • David Claerbout


In his works, David Claerbout (*1969, lives in Antwerp) combines the ephemeral quality of film with the capacity offered by photography to freeze a moment in time. Both media are united by his use of digital technology. He interweaves present, past and future into images of everyday scenes that display a strong pictorial quality, in which our notion of time becomes elastic. The notion of time takes a central position, but Claerbout also questions the concepts of reality, memory, truth and fiction.


The images possess a certain theatricality and demand a great amount of attention from the visitor. Claerbout even seems to show that this attention affects the events that develop before our eyes.


40 artists from 18 different countries present 60 artworks at 16 indoor and outdoor locations in Kortrijk. 

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