Trinity - Carl de Keyzer
Carl De Keyzer at the
Following a successful exhibition at FoMu in
The exhibition can be seen not only during Breda Photo, but also from 16 September to 31 December in the
‘Trinity’ is a milestone in the oeuvre of Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer. It is a triptych on the theme of the omnipresence of power and violence. In ‘Trinity’ we see leaders, their soldiers and the population through the eyes of De Keyzer, who is inspired by genres in nineteenth-century painting. The title refers to the traditional view of the Supreme Power in classical art. ‘Trinity’ is also the code name for the project with which Oppenheimer led a team of atomic physicists to produce the first atomic bomb. Based on three themes (‘Tableaux d'Histoire’, ‘Tableaux de Guerre’ and ‘Tableaux Politiques’) he grabs contemporary power, its senseless violence and worldwide destruction by the hair with oppressive images.
The first part is entitled ‘Tableaux d' Histoire’.
It represents the ways in which power presents itself – at the inauguration of an American president, during a ritual on one of the Catholic feast days in
Tableaux de Guerre
The second part is entitled ‘Tableaux de Guerre’. Between 2004 and 2006, the photographer visited nine countries where war conflicts were prevalent. In this series he used panoramic colour images for the first time. Sometimes the photography appears staged, but the viewer is brought back to reality by photos of an overgrown, completely devastated church on Ambon, buildings in
In the third and final part, ‘Tableaux Politiques’, the visitor is presented with strong compositions. The interiors of Capitol Hill in
Carl De Keyzer (Kortrijk, Belgium 1958) has been associated with the world-famous Magnum photo agency since 1990. He undertakes occasional commissions, but works mainly on his own projects. He regards ‘Trinity’ as an important carrier for what he wants to show. De Keyzer portrays effectively, with humour and wisdom, the power of the few and the powerlessness of the many.
The outdoor exhibition ‘Moments Before the Flood’ by Carl De Keyzer can be seen during the festival, at Chassépark.
Carl de Keyzer
Tuesday to Sunday