Jeroen De Wandel (°1980 Ronse, Belgium) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. He studied photography at Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium.
Central themes in Jeroen De Wandel’s work are time, family, alienation & astonishment, looked upon from different angles, which results in sometimes abstracted, very tactile images, always with a touch of reality in it, that can change of identity or story in function of the place they get in a series/expo, where composition and interaction between the images is central.
He tries to transfer a certain feeling to the spectator that entices phantasy and makes him/her travel in his/her own mind to experiences he/she had in his/her past. In that way, through the images, he tries to communicate from one’s mind to another. Mostly starting out of personal experiences (which can be an emotion, memories, old family related material, found magazines …), playing with reality and irreality. De Wandel uses his large photographic archive with own and found pictures to create a composition, collage,...a new reality. It is unconscious work and too defined borders can disrupt the open mind that he tries to use to look at the world.
It’s autobiographic, because the way or working expresses fears and desires from the photographer’s unconsciousness. Every picture is a piece of his identity, where he carefully constructs new stories which results in an own visual language.
Analogue & digital publications
2017 selection of enso added to the permanent collection of LifeFramer (Uk)
2017 publications in online magazines: Semi Zine (Uk), PhMuseum (Uk)
2017 publication in D!ng (Uk)
2015 Publication photo in Cult Weekend, national newspaper De Morgen 7/11, Echo's Uit De Wijk project
Solo + group shows
2017 Brugge Foto Turn/Return, Brugge (05/12/17-07/01/18, Be)
Group show w/ Dries Segers, Michel Mazonni, Aaron McElroy, Julie Van der Vaart
2017 Josey Dakota @ Recyclart, Brussel (28/11/17-27/01/18, Be)
2017 Land Van Fotografie, Gent (11/11/17, Be)
Group show w/Max Pinckers, Dieter De Lathouwer, more than100 artists
2017 Somerset Gallery, London (Sony World Photography, 21/04-07/5/17, Uk)
2017 Designmuseum, Gent (Tumult, 19/04/17, Be)
Group show w/ Willem Boel, Maranne Walravens, Tine Peuteman, Flore Tanghe
2017 A Photographer’s Journal, zine+expo, Cloud Gallery, Amsterdam ( launch 07/04/17,NL)
Group show w/ Vincent Delbrouck, Lara Gasparotto, Danny Griffioen and many more
2017 Shortlist Sony World Photography Awards, Catagory: Conceptual
2017 Pastorij, St Amandsberg (Be)
Duo expo w/Filip Gheysen
2016 Pitch Selection, De Donkere Kamer, Sluitertijd, Museum Dr Guislain (Be)
2016 Braakland, FoMu Fotomuseum, Antwerp (Be)
Group show w/ Hendrik Braet, Dries Segers, Aurore Dal Mas,...
2016 1989, duo expo with Nadja Zheksimbaeva - Academy Of Fine Arts, Gent (Be)
2015 Official selection 'Synthesis' X International Media-Forum "Dialogue of cultures", Hermitage Museum Sint-Petersburg (RUS)
2015 An Sich/t/, Lindenlei, Gent (Be)
Group show w/ Katlijn Blanchaert, David Bruneel, An Debie,...
2015 Tumult, RIOT, Gent (Be) Work: Dancing In Time
2015 Artist of The Month, Zebrastraat, Gent (Be). Work: False Belief / Het Vijfde Seizoen
2014 Tumult, Lindenlei, Gent (Be). Work: False Belief
2012 Bonnefooi, Brussel (Be).Work: Record Collectors