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Pieter Geenen (°1979 Hasselt, Belgium) is an audiovisual artist, photographer and filmmaker based in Brussels. Together with Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Eitan Efrat and Meggy Rustamova he is a co-founder of the artist-run collective Messidor, a platform for reflection, production and distribution.
His work revolves around places, communities and events situated between appearing and disappearing, forgetting and remembering, destruction and resurrection, the utopian and the dystopian. They are subject to colonialism, war, oppression and persecution, migration, economic changes, globalisation, powers of nature, etc. He approaches universal elements around which people gather, coexist or live in conflict through strategies of inversion, mirroring, repetition, deconstruction and restructuring. These elements connect people and places who don't seem to share a common ground at first sight and remain merely exotic to the western mind. However, working across communities and locations activates potential new readings of the past and the present, and opens our understanding of concepts like land, borders, migration, belonging, memory and identity.
The world is ever evolving, while Pieter offers to bring it to a standstill. A pause, where doubt arises.