How do we connect to land and landscapes? How does the landscape connect to the personal and collective memory, and the personal and collective identity? And how does the medium succeed or fail in representing and preserving them? My work revolves around places and communities which find themselves between appearing and disappearing, forgetting and remembering, destruction and resurrection, the utopian and the dystopian. As outposts of the Old and the New World they are subjected to war, persecution, colonialism, imperialism, cultural genocide, migration, economic or demographic changes, globalisation, climate change, etc. I approach universal concepts around which people gather, coexist or live in conflict. Geographical, architectural, botanical, animalistic or celestial symbols like the border, the mountain, the building, the island, the sea, the sun, the tree, etc. are recurring symbols which 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, locations and formats opens our understanding, and offers potential new readings of the present and of the past. When we face the past we understand the present. When we understand the present we can shape the future.

In my art practice I search to deconstruct and translate complex realities into new constructions and ambiguous reflections on the idea of land, place, identity, memory and belonging, by making use of the suggestive and evocative qualities of the medium. I explore the interconnection between the visual, the acoustic and the mental, its vague boundaries, the thin line between the moving and the static image, and the individual and the collective gaze. The audience needs to complete the blurred 'gestalt', decode the spatial ambiguities, assume presences and see trough all omissions and shortenings. In the everlasting, almost frozen moment that results rules a strong individual sense of space and time. Listening and watching becomes intense, intimate, alienative, contemplative and almost tangible in the context of an undisturbed stillness.




Mensen hebben ook wortels > This land is my land - This land is your land - Orlando Verde
NL - (review published on www.kifkif.be, October 10, 2015)
Aux spectateurs, le noir - Lúcia Ramos Monteiro
FR - (text published by Le Silo, May 6, 2013, on the occasion of 'Visions Anatopiques 2' - Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris)
Voorbij de onschuld (Pieter Geenen in Museum van Elsene) - Pieter Van Bogaert
NL - (review published in < H >art magazine #96, May 10, 2012)
Gestolde Tijd. De tijd en het landschap in het werk van Pieter Geenen - Saraï Cachet
NL - (Master Thesis, Department of Art, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, 2011)
Splendid Isolation. Over de discrete maar dubbelzinnige charme van de schitterende afzondering: voorbij het politieke - Lieven Van den Abeele
NL - (text published in 'Freestate in Review', exhibition catalogue, 2011)
Voorbij het bewegend beeld: Pieter Geenen - Stoffel Debuysere
NL - (text published in 'Freestate in Review', exhibition catalogue, 2011)
Pieter Geenen / Ruben Kindermans - Marc Ruyters
NL - (review published in < H >art magazine #63, March 4, 2010)


Anti-reporter at night - Herman Asselberghs
Political landscapes - Some observations on the work by Pieter Geenen - Luk Lambrecht
EN / NL - (texts published in 'Pieter Geenen - The Moving Land', 2009, ISBN 9789077193259)



Pieter Geenen - The Moving Land
ISBN 9789077193259
Published by bkSM, 2009
Texts: Herman Asselberghs, Luk Lambrecht
Design: Studio Luc Derycke
48 pages


Double Talk - Pieter Geenen en Johan Grimonprez in Strombeek en Mechelen - Pieter Van Bogaert
NL - (interview with Pieter Geenen & Johan Grimonprez published in < H >art magazine #58, November 12, 2009)
Images Blog 5 - Andrew James Paterson
EN - (review published on April 8, 2008, festival blog of the 21st Images Festival Toronto)
Nightscape - Ive Stevenheydens
EN / NL - (text published in 'Power Plays - Interior Desires, Exterior Spaces / Artists Collected / Platform Limburg Beeldende Kunsten 2006', 2007, ISBN 9789074605311)
gaze (6) - Peter Pollers
NL - (text published in 'Wild Vlees', exhibition catalogue, 2006)
gaze - Dan Holsbeek
NL - (text published in 'De jongens van de buurt. Deel 4', exhibition catalogue, 2004)
gaze - Jeroen Versteele
NL - (unpublished text, 2004)