Annick Geenen (b. 1970 in Belgium, where she lives and works) is a fine art photographer and lecturer at LUCA School of Arts whose work is greatly influenced by philosophy and painting, portrait and landscape in particular, and its durational sensorial experience. With a background in fine arts photography, she focuses on new ways of storytelling in which she investigates the tradition of the portrait genre.
Her oeuvre explores visual storytelling strategies in photography and the relationship between aesthetics, images between narration, fiction and their subjects. Thematically the work concentrates on our dealing with time, space and each other. She thereby interrogates the relationship between past and future, reality and representation, between what we see and what we want to believe, between what is and what we create for ourselves, so as to mitigate our dealing with relativist attitudes and interchangeability. Her often explicit references to the point-of-view, the staging and placement of the characters, the relationship of the body to its surroundings, the delay and disclosure mechanisms question how we experience its long-term sensorial experience, allowing the story to unfold without interference. Her main material is light and shadow, and it's elusive, disorienting and seductive aspects. With it she questions the idea that seeing equals understanding and careful noticing.
She has forged multiple collaborations with individuals, choreographers, designers, fashion designers, various magazines and companies in Europe. Her images were extensively presented, both nationally and internationally, and exhibited in the collections of Veronique Branquinho, Raf Simons, Heaven Tanudiredja, Alex Schrijvers, Harvey Bouterse, Wouter Hoste, Revital Avidar, Hideki Seo, Ilia Eckardt, Hilde Frunt, Essential Antwerp, Scabal, Luciano Benetton, Eastpak, Kathleen Missotten, Casimir, Modenatie Antwerp, Anne Pastré, Anke Loh, Delvaux, The Flanders Fashion Institute (FFI) and much more. Annick Geenen’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Vooruitzicht Antwerp, Fashion Museum Hasselt, De Warande Turnhout, Gallery S & H De Buck, the Flemish Parliament, Campo & Campo Art Gallery and various cultural centers in Flanders. Her work has been published in VISION magazine, Kwintessens, ISEL art and culture magazine, dS Magazine, Knack Weekend magazine, Blend, AAA art magazine, De Lichte Kamer, Designers Against Aids (Ludion), Moi Veronique Branquinho Toute Nue (MoMu) , Delvaux (Lannoo), Contradictions: 350 Years Antwerp Academy, The Fashion Book (Phaidon) and The Rage of Staging (Lannoo).
EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
She graduated in 1992 from the Higher Institute for Visual Communication & Industrial design (Genk, Belgium) with a degree in Fine Art Photography. She holds also a Master in Visual Arts from the Media & Design Academie and a Certificate of pedagogical competence from the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training.
Annick Geenen teaches at the academic Bachelor and Master program of Visual Arts at LUCA School of Arts campus C-Mine in Belgium since 2004, while continuing her personal fine art photography practice.
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