Niels Donckers

1969, lives and works in Antwerp (BE)

EDUCATION

  • 1992-1995 National higher institute for fine arts Antwerp, photography (BE)

  • 1988-1992 Academie of fine arts Antwerp, photography (BE)

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

  • Upcoming soloshow at CC Mechelen : december 2017 - maart 2018
    with publiciation

  • 2014

  • Niels Donckers, Untitled, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp

2005

  • Een bouwmeester bouwt niet, Vlaams-Nederlandshuis De Buren, Brussels (BE), (curated by Dorian Van Der Brempt)

2002

  • Victor Broos, de kracht van het alledaagse, Stichting stad en architectuur, Leuven (BE), 

  • ( curated by Peter Swinnen)

 

  •  Vlaamse biotopen, De Singel, Antwerp (BE), (curated by Maurice Kung)

 

  • Luc Deleu-Niels Donckers, CC- Strombeek-Bever (BE), (curator Luk Lambrecht)

1999

  • Stella Lohaus Gallery

1997

  • Mum’s Tatoo, Si en LA A’pen”, , Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp (BE), (curated by Bernd Lohaus)

1995 -1996

  • Hemicyclus, SMAK, Ghent (BE), (curated by Jan Hoet)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

  • “The Pink Spy”, MUHKA, Antwerp, (curated by Narcisse Tordoir)

2013

  • “Weg van Vlaanderen - Hedendaagse Vlaamse Landschappen””, CC De Warande Turnhout (BE), (curated by Jeroen Laureyns), (book)

 

2012

  • “We are the only artists in the village”, Meerhout, Antwerp (BE), (with Art & Language, Niels Donckers, Marc Vanderleenen, Véronique Clarysse, Daniel Dos Santos, Charlotte Lybeer, Perry Roberts, Guy Van Bossche, Rinus Van de Velde, Kris Vleeschouwer), (curated by Guy Van Bossche)

2008

  •  “You can’t go home again” , Higher Institute for fine arts Ghent ,Ghent (BE), (Curated by Vincent Geyskens)

2006

  • “Van Wouters tot Fabre”, Erfgoedcentrum Lamot , Mechelen (BE)

2005

  • “Belgische fotografen”, Museum of photographie, Antwerp (BE)

 

  • “Monopolis”, Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL), (with: David Claerbout, Luc Tuymans, Guillaume Bijl,Vaast Colson, ...)

 

  • “L’oeil urbain”, Maison de la culture de la province de Namur, Namen (BE), (with: Koen Theys, Thomas Struth, Gilbert Fastenaekens, ....)

 

  • “IDYL has to answer that picture” Middelheim-museum, Antwerpen (BE), (curated by Phillipe Pirotte).

2004

  • “Working Ethics”, Gallery Krinzinger. Wenen (A), (curated Phillipe Pirotte), (with: Narcisse Tordoir, Carla Arocha, Annemie Vandekerkhove, David Claerbout, ...)

 

  • “Werven van de eeuw”, Museum of photography Antwerp (BE)

2003 

  • “Once upon a time ... “, Muhka, Antwerp (BE), (with: Orla Barry, Ann Veronica Janssens,..)

2002

  • “Urbi & Orbi”,  Biennale de la photography et de la ville Sedan (FR)

2001

  • “Time and space in Megalopolis” City Gallery, Praag (CHC)

2000

  • “Zinder projekt”: “Foto-kunst in Vlaanderen.”,Museum Oud Hospitaal, Aalst (BE)

 

  • “Aan de Rand”, CC-Berchem, CC-Strombeek-Bever, CC-Dilbeek (BE), (curated by Luk Lambrecht).

1999

  • Fotomanifestatie,  Eindhoven,  Museum Kempenland (NL)

 

1998

  • “Alom en hiernevens”, Lier (BE) Watertoren, Vlissingen (NL)

 

  • “Formes de Flandes”, MACBA, Barcelona (SP)

 

1997

  • Museum of photographie (provinciale prijs A’pen). Freeze, Kromme Wal, Ghent (BE)

1996

  • Vera Van Laer Gallery, Antwerpen (BE)

Niels Donckers' artistic work seems to limit itself to striking environmental conditions in crowdedly built Flanders: a region that illustrates a consciousness of identity, without self-hate or complaint. His photographs of faded glory, prefab apartments and nondescript little houses alongside endless road networks do not desire to act as protest against the ugliness that exudes from these subjects, but rather testify to a manner of acceptance. In the desolation of these photographs there lurks a humor that introduces a note of empathy into the emotionless, technically accomplished images.

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