Photobook Belge I Restricted Images I Sébastien Reuzé I Hannah Darabi

From 1 March 2019  FOMU presents the exhibitions Photobook Belge, Restricted Images, Sébastien Reuzé and Hannah Darabi.

01.03.2019 - 06.10.2019

Photobooks have been one of the most effective means of expression for photographers since photography began. They remain in circulation, are portable and can be reissued, thus reaching a larger public than an exhibition ever could. To date, hardly any research has been conducted into Belgian photobooks. Photobook Belge aims to fill this gap by providing an overview of the evolution of the Belgian photobook from the mid-19th century to today. This exhibition and publication are finally giving the Belgian Photobook – a concept in itself – the recognition it deserves. The publication Photobook Belge is published by FOMU in partnership with Hannibal. 

Curator: Tamara Berghmans


made with the Warlpiri of Central Australia
Patrick Waterhouse

01.03.2019 - 09.06.2019

For the past 7 years, Patrick Waterhouse has been collecting maps, photographs, flags and other documents to create an extensive archive of colonial representations of Australia from 1770 to the present day. In 2015, he took this archive to the Central desert of Australia and began working with local Warlpiri artists at the Warlukurlangu Art Center. During his time there, Waterhouse also took photographs in the communities. The local artists appropriated both the historical collection and his photographs by using the traditional Aboriginal technique of dot painting. In doing so they revised their own representation.

The exhibition Restricted Images brings together these artworks for the first time and thereby provides a new reading of Australia’s colonial and indigenous history.
The photobook Restricted Images is published by SPBH Editions (Self Publish Be Happy).

Curator: Joachim Naudts


Hotel Solaire
01.03.2019 - 09.06.2019

Hotel Solaire is French photographer Sébastien Reuzé’s (FR, °1970) first major museum exhibition in Belgium. The dominant theme is the expressiveness of colour. Reuzé develops most of his own work in the darkroom, where he plays with various light-emitting sources. The resulting photographic objects reflect this spontaneous approach to the medium. Reuzé takes the viewer into a fictional landscape bathed in the warm glow of an omnipresent sun. He spent months capturing images of desolate places in the desert, creating an intimate journey through an elusive world. Any narrative is conscientiously and systematically subsumed into a climate where anything is possible; a dazzle in which one drifts and is lost.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book Colorblind Sands, published by APE.

Curator: Rein Deslé

With the support of La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains.


Enghelab Street, A Revolution through Books, Iran 1979-1983

01.03.2019 - 09.06.2019

FOMU presents Iranian artist Hannah Darabi’s (IR, 1981) collection of unique photographic and political books to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. By bringing together works published between 1979 and 1983, the short period at the end of the Shah’s regime and the beginning of the Islamic government when freedom of speech prevailed, Hannah Darabi takes us to the heart of the intense political period that breathed new life into Iranian photography. Chowra Makaremi (FR/IR, 1980), tenured anthropologist and researcher, decrypts a period that is fundamental to an understanding of the country’s contemporary history. Hannah Darabi engages in a dialogue between the historical books and her personal artistic work, and offers an alternative reading of her collection using contemporary photographs of her home town, Tehran, and existing images, such as family pictures, media images and postcards.

Enghelab Street is a collaboration between the artist and LE BAL, Paris, where it was exhibited in January 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a book created by Hannah Darabi with contributions from Chowra Makaremi and co-edited by LE BAL and Spector Books.


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Isabelle Willems

Head of press & communication, FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerpen

Soetkin Bruneel

Assistant press & communication, FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerpen

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The FOMU Fotomuseum of Antwerp houses one of the most significant photo collections in Europe, featuring both equipment and photo documents. Each year, the FOMU presents several temporary exhibitions by nationally and internationally renowned photographers. 

The museum’s displays change every four months, showcasing photography as a medium that is part of a broader social and cultural context. Visitors can also attend lectures and workshops, visit the museum shop and the museumcafé Pixel. The FOMU can be found in and old warehouse in the neighbourhood ‘t Zuid (South quarter of Antwerp), close to the museum of contemporary art M HKA and the museum of fine arts.


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