Dries Segers

Born 1990 in Turnhout, Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Represented by DMW Art Space


EN By its nature, photography is an abstracting art, involving a gap between what is seen and what is shown, regardless of the level of documentary fidelity. In ‘black body’ the idea of photography gets expanded as a transmutation of energy directly onto the celluloid. The images appear to be purely the record of a photochemical process, evidence of an action of emulsion and light itself.

By creating lens-less images, the emphasis of photography shifts away from its signifying function. It examines the material as an imaginative basis for a photographic experience. The use of the apparatus is shifted by the use of power tools (a saw, an angle grinder and a drill) which are used to make cuts inside film-rolls. By enlightening the emulsion with different colour temperatures and light-sources an image generates itself onto the light-sensitive celluloid. These abstract photographs may record or register but do not bear witness except to the presence of light. (Dries Segers)


NL Dries Segers onderzoekt het fotografische medium en vertrekt steeds vanuit licht, tijd en ruimte: essentiële elementen van een beeld. In de reeks Black Body vervangt hij de camera door slijpschijven, boormachines en zagen. Hij perforeert filmrolletjes en laat verschillende lichtbronnen en kleurtemperaturen het lichtgevoelige materiaal binnendringen. Deze cameraloze beelden staan buiten de werkelijkheid en hebben niet de ambitie iets weer te geven, maar doen denken aan verre kosmische reizen.