(°1965, Antwerp, Belgium) studied photography at the Academy for Fine Arts and the National Higher Institute for Fine Arts (NHISK) in Antwerp (B). Since the mid nineties, he has been working as a photographer and has showed his work in several solo and group exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. Besides his artistic activities, Danckaert also writes about photography for several newspapers and magazines (mainly <H>ART) and has worked as freelance curator. He is associate professor of photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (B). Bert Danckaert is POC (Piece of Cake) member, an international network of photographers.
In 1999, Danckaert started the series 'Make Sense!' which was published as a book in 2006. In 2007 he started working on a series entitled 'Simple Present' of which the book 'Simple Present - Beijing' appeared in 2008, 'Cape Town Notes' in 2009 and finally the complete series 'Simple Present' in 2013. In 2016 his 5th book 'Horizon' appeared together with the English translation of his novel 'De Extra's' as 'The Extras'.


Bert Danckaert Antwerp, Belgium, 1965


• Artist and art(photography)critic for <H>ART. Click here to read some of the Dutch texts.
Associate professor of photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp
• Bert Danckaert is POC-member

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Education

1984 Royal Flemish Conservatory, Antwerp, dep. Drama
1990 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, dep. Photography
1993 National Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Antwerp
2014 PhD in the Arts, Tilburg University / Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Solo shows

1992 Vollard Gallery, Plovdiv, BG
1993 'Orientations', Academiegalerij, Antwerp , B
1996 'Dr.Geiger & Anna Schumann' , Beeld, Niel, B
1997 'The Angelika Petzold Case', Bernarduscentrum , Antwerp, B
1998 'Salto Mortale', Beeld, Niel, B
2000 'Make Sense !', Netwerk Galerij , Aalst, B
2001 'Hotel Ideal', Tweetaktfestival, Antwerp, B
  'Helmstraat 88', theatre (collaborration with Peter Boelens), with Bob De Moor and Soetkin Verwilt, B
2002 'Make Sense !', Vollard Gallery, Sofia, BG
  'Buxus !', theatre, (collaborration with Peter Boelens), with Bas Teeken, Filip Jordens, a.o. , B
2003 'Happy People', Hotel Ideal, Laika, Antwerp, B

  '(...) Make Sense !', O.C. Burcht, B
  '(...) Make Sense !', C.C. Hasselt, B
2004 'Make Sense !', Galerie Im Alcatraz, Summeracademy Salzburg, Austria.
2006 'Side Effects' (with Lynne Cohen), Netwerk, Aalst, B
  'Abwesend’, (with Lutz Masanetz), Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin (D).
  Side Effects (with Lynne Cohen), Gallery Visor, Valencia (Es)
2007 'Simple Present', Hexgalleries, Heks, B
2009 'Simple Present’, McBride Fine Art, Antwerp (B).
2010 'Simple Present’, MK gallery, Rotterdam, (NL)
2011 'Simple Present’, Art Amsterdam, MK gallery, Amsterdam, (NL)
2012 'Simple Present', Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg (L)
2013 'Simple Present', Stieglitz19, Antwerp, B
  'No Exit', Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels, B.
  The Extra's (Europalia India) BOZAR, Brussels, B.
  'Simple Present', Netwerk, Aalst, B.
2014 'Simple Present', Atlas Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
2015 Triennial of Bruges, Simple Present, Gallery 44, Bruges, B.
2016 'Horizon', Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels
2017 'Horizon', Photography Gallery, National Museum of Gdansk, Poland.


Group shows

 
1993 Laureates prize 'Photographie Ouverte', Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, B
  Le Cadavre Repris' (with Pacquée, Vautier, Van Kerckhoven,...), Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp, B
  'Charabang-Borgerhout', cultural project for Antwerp 93 (Cultural Capital of Europe), B
  'The Image of Reality' (with Braeckman , Pacquée...) International Meetings of Photography , Bulgaria
  'Mariage A4', Gemeentehuis Etterbeek, Brussels, B
1994 'Laureates Provincial Prize Antwerp', Museum of Photography, Antwerp, B
  'Het Lelijke Eendje' (with Bijl, Swennen,...), 't Elzenveld-St.Jorispand, Antwerp, B
1995 Laureates prize'Photographie Ouverte', Musée Royal de Mariemont, B
1996 'Future Communication' Post Denmark's Headquarters, Kopenhagen, Denmark

  'Picture This', Dennis Anderson Gallery, Antwerp, B
  'Cesuur', Lekri, Ghent, B
1997 'Laureates Provincial Prize Antwerp ', Museum of Photography Antwerp, B
  'Prize Young Belgian Painting 1997'(Prix Jeune Peinture Belge), Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels, B
  'Breeding Grounds'-9 Flemish Photographers (with Braeckman , De Keyzer, ...), Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona , Spain.
1998 'Stadsgezichten', Museum Kempenland, Fotomanifestatie Eindhoven, NL

  'Kunstaanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen 1998', Amstelveen, NL
  'Photography Project Lommel 1998', CC De Adelberg, Lommel, B
2000 'België-Holland/Holland-België', Kunstencentrum Oud St.Jan, Brugge, B
  'België-Holland/Holland-België', Nederlands Foto Instituut, NL
2001 'Fototheek', DB-S fotografie, Antwerp, B

  'Kunst en Zwalm', Zwalm, B
  'War', Gama Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2003 'Vlaamse Fotografie', Cultuurcentrum Genk, B
  'Happiness Land ', International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2004 'Mo(nu)ment@Bornem', hedendaagse kunst op vier locaties, Bornem, B
  'Aankopen', Galerie FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, B
2005 'Belgische fotografen, 1840 - 2005', FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, B
  'Capturing Utopia', Fournos, Month of Photography Athens, GR
  'De lichte kamer', Galerie De Buck, Ghent, B
2006 'DFoto’ 06, Art Fair, Gallery Visor, San Sebastian, Es
  Alone Together, touring POC-exhibition, Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, NL
2007 Alone Together, touring POC-exhibition, La Halle de Pont-en-Royans, Fr
  ARCO 07, art fair, Gallery Visor, Madrid, Es
  'DFoto07, Art Fair, Gallery Visor, San Sebastian, Es
  KIAF 07, Art Fair, Gallery Visor, Seul, S. Korea
  Alone Together, touring POC-exhibition, International Photography Festival, Leipzig, Germany - download pdf 8MB
  Alone Together, touring POC-exhibition, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland
  Valencia Art, Art Fair, Gallery Visor, Valencia, Es
2008 ARCO 08, art fair, Gallery Visor, Madrid, Es
  Arquitectura fantasma (Lynne Cohen, Bert Danckaert, Thomas Weinberger, Yehuda Altmann) Gallery Visor, Valencia, Es
  Screenworlds, Vlaams Parlement, Brussels, B
  Valencia-Art 08, Gallery Visor, Valencia, Es
  Art Forum Berlin 08, Mc Bride Fine Art, Berlin, D
2009 Best General View, Bert Danckaert, Marc De Blieck, Arno Roncada, curated by Dirk Braeckman, Kunshaus Essen, Essen, D
  Miami Pulse, Art Fair, MK Gallery, USA
2010 As Time Goes By, MK Gallery, Rotterdam
  As Time Goes By, MK Gallery, Berlin
  Sugary Photographs, Festival, Antwerp, B
  Art Amsterdam, MK Gallery, art fair (NL)
  Photo Off, MK Gallery, Art Fair, Paris, (F)
2011 Tatse My Photons, Noorderlicht Galerie, Groningen (NL)
  D.O.F. - Belgian Contemporary Photography, Guangdong Museum of Arts Guangzhou, China
  Beyond the Document, Bozar, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels, B
  Suspicious Landscapes, Genthof, Brugge, B
  'PSSST' in galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
  'In the Company of Humour', Lokaal 01, Breda, NL (curated by Lieven Segers)
2012 'MK Award Fundraiser Show' @ :RE Rotterdam, during Art Rotterdam 2012
  D.O.F. – Belgian Photography, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
  D.O.F. – Belgian Photography, Stieglitz 19, Antwerp, B
 

'Telling Stories….’ AkkuH in Hengelo, NL (collection Reyn van der Lugt)

  'Luz a tu propia química', 11th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
  KRASJ, Contemporary Art Project, Ninive (B), curated by Koen De Decker 
2013 Format, International Photofestival Derby (UK)
  Public-Private, OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
  Museum to Scale, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, B
2014 Museum to Scale, Artis Naples, Florida, US
  Museum to Scale, De Kunsthal, Rotterdam, NL
  Breda Photo, Breda, NL
  Encounters at the boundary (curator Wilfried Cooreman), cc Puurs, B
2015 A Belgian Politician, Marion De Cannière Gallery, Antwerp, B
  Ontheemd, Maagdenhuismuseum, Antwerp, B
  Summer Group Show@Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels - June 13 - September 6, 2015
2016 Mapping Emotions/Landscape, Etage22, A-Tower, Antwerp
2017  'Collective Thinking for Freedom', six artist collectives, Aperture Foundation, New York, opens February 22nd, 2017


Books (monographs)

2006 Make Sense!, Book, text by Jean-Louis Poitevin and Lynne Cohen, January 2006
2008 'Simple Present - Beijing', Book, Hard cover, 128 pages, 30 cm x 24 cm - isbn: 9789086901791 - Text: Jan Blommaert - Design: Kim Beirnaert
2010 Cape Town Notes, Track Report 0904, Book, January 2010
2013 De Extra's, novel, published by EPO, 120 pages, paperback, 2013
  Simple Present, book, published by Lannoo, 186 pages, hardcover, 2013
2016 Horizon, book, published by Lannoo, 164 pages, hardcover, 2016
  The Extras, novel, English translation of De Extra's, published by Jap Sam Books, 2016


Publications

1993 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe', De Brakke Hond nr.38, June 1993
  'Charabang-Borgerhout', catalogue, Antwerp Cultural Capital of Europe, text by Marc Holthof
  'Charabang-Borgerhout', review by Johan De Vos, De Morgen, newspaper, 12/11/1993
  'Mariage A4', Erik Eelbode, De Witte Raaf, magazine, November 1993
1994 'Fragmenten van fotografie in België 1980-1994', Openbaar Kunstbezit, magazine 1994-4
1995 'Het Lied van de Gluurder', Johan De Vos, Ziggurat , BRTN, TV
1996 'Dr.Geiger & Anna Schumann', Erik Eelbode, De Morgen, newspaper, 19/6/1996


  'Expo', Marc Ruyters , Weekend-Knack, magazine, 26/6/96
  'Picture This', Luk Lambrecht, De Morgen, newspaper, 23/8/96
  'Cesuur', Christoph Ruys , Obscuur 5, magazine, November 1996
1997 'Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge 1997', Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels, Catalogue , September 1997
  'Breeding Grounds', Pool Andries , Catalogue , September 1997
1998 'The Flemish Landscape', Images/ Images nr.3, Magazine, May 1998

  'Stadsgezichten', Catalogue , May 1998
  'Kunstaanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen 1998', Catalogue , September 1998
  'Photography Project Lommel 1998', Catalogue , text by Pool Andries , November 1998
2000 'De geest van René Magritte', Eric Bracke, De Morgen-Metro , January 2000

  'Gekunstelde eenvoud', Ann Demeester, Tijd-Cultuur , February 2000
  'België-Holland/Holland-België', Book , May 2000
2001 'Handleiding, 98-00' Netwerk Galerij, Aalst, Book , text by Ann Demeester, January 2001
2002 'Kunst en Zwalm', vzw Boem en Netwerk Galerij, Catalogue , April 2002


  'L'autrui', Images/ Images nr. 13, Magazine , April 2002
  'Test 1,2,3', Yang nr. 0202, Magazine , July 2002
  'International Meetings of Photography 2002', Plovdiv (BG), Catalogue , October 2002
2003 'Douche-Magazine' (01), 'Make Sense !', Kyle Chapman (US), Magazine , September 2003
  'Happiness Land ', International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv , Bulgaria
2004 'Kunstwerken vertellen verhaaltjes', Mo(nu)ment@Bornem, Marc Ruyters, De Tijd, newspaper, July 2004.
2005 'Belgische fotografen, 1840 - 2005', Book, FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, B, Inge Henneman, June 2005
  'De lichte kamer', Johan M. Swinnen, Book, Oktober 2005
  'Ontdaan van mensen', Jeroen Laureyns, <H>ART N°1, magazine, January 2006
   'Rekto Verso’, Jeroen Laureyns, Magazine, October 2006
  'Alone Together’, POC, Book, October 2006
  'Lineart 2006', uitgeverij Imschoot, Catalogue, Kurt Vanbelleghem, December 2006
  'View photography magazine #5', Magazine, S. De Broyer and E. d'Autreppe, December 2006
2007 Het landschap als 'nature morte', Eric Rinckhout, De Morgen, newspaper, mei 2007
  Annual 2006, Netwerk/center for contemporary art, 'Side Effects' Lynne Cohen and Bert Danckaert, text Jean-Louis Poitevin, catalogue
  Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal, 03/07, POC, International Netwerk for Contemporary Images, Folder, text Helen Hirsch, Bert Danckaert, Inge Henneman
  FotoMuseumMagazine 38, portfolio 'POC, Piece of Cake?', Magazine, text by Inge Henneman, September 2007
2008

'The Unwanted Self'. Contemporary photography from the Low Countries', catalogue, published by FotoMuseum Antwerpen and produced by FotoMuseum Antwerpen, Rotterdam and the universities from Leuven and Brighton.

  'Extra', Antwerp PhotoMuseumMagazine, 'A Wall of Misconception' text and photos Bert Danckaert, on the occasion of the publication of 'Simple Present - Beijing'.
  'China Overal en Nergens', <H>ART # 38, Magazine, open letter by Erik Eelbode on 'Simple Present - Beijing'
  Review of 'Simple Present - Beijing' by Han Schoonhoven on PhotoQ, website
  Review of 'Simple Present - Beijing' by Annick Joossen in Metro, newspaper
  'Screenworlds' book, Lannoo, PhotoMuseum Antwerp                          
  'Onze selectie mooiste foto- en kunstboeken: strelingen voor het oog én voor de geest', Eric Min, De Morgen, newspaper, December 17th           
2009 'Vroege lente in de Antwerpse galerieën', Eric Min, De Morgen, newspaper, February 6  
  'Sculpteren met lucht’, interview, Erik Eelbode in <H>ART Magazine, Feb 2009
  'When the mood strikes’, collection Wilfried & Yannicke Cooreman, catalogue, Museum D’Hondt-Daenens.
  HTV De IJsberg, Mental Architecture/former Utopian Building, May/June 2009
  Drie Belgische fotografen in Essen, De Morgen, September 1st, 2009
  Het best mogelijke beeld, <H>ART, Erik Eelbode, September 10, 2009
2011 EXIT 41, Artificial Paradises, Magazine (Es), February 2011
  'Beyond the Document', Book, Lannoo, June 2011
2012 Review of 'Simple Present' @ Galerie Clairefontaine, Le Quotidien, Luxembourg, April 30th, 2012 
  City Agenda Luxembourg, April 2012
  De Canvasconnectie (Friederike Von Rauch), Canvas, VRT (national TV)
2013 'Simple Present' in De Standaard Weekblad, Jan 26 2013
  'Simple Present' in <H>ART #106, Jan 24 2013 (Marc Ruyters)
  Bert Danckaert 'De Klik' in Focus Feb 2013
  De Extra's, novel, published by EPO, 120 pages, paperback, 2013
  Simple Present, book, published by Lannoo, 186 pages, hardcover, 2013
  De Morgen, September 2013
  'L'Eventail', September 2013
  Agendamagazine', September 2013
  Interview with Bert Danckaert in <H>ART #115
  'Au pied du mur', La Libre Belgique, October 11, 2013
  'Fotograaf Bert Danckaert doctoreert in de kunsten', GVA, November 8, 2013 
  Réalité trouvée', De Standaard Weekblad, Punchlijst, de 10 dingen die u deze week niet mag missen, December 7, 2013
2014 'Encounters at the Boundary', CC Puurs, Catalogue
  Atlas Stuki #72, Bert Danckaert
  Ondertussen in het Maagdenhuis, Marc Didden, De Morgen, 11 april, 2015
2015 Gallery 44', Triennial of Bruges, 2015 in HUMO (May 19, 2015) 
  Gallery 44', Triennial of Bruges, 2015 in Het Nieuwsblad, June 13 2015) 
   'Forms of Formalism #2', take a look at Bert Danckaert's section here
2016 Artist insert for Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen, March 2016
  De Sprekende Horizon, Rik Van Puymbroeck in De Morgen, September 2016
  Archeologie van de absurditeit, Marc Holthof, <H>ART #161, October 2016
  Image de la semaine: Quand le mur se fait horizon, Le Vif, October 2016
  Waar is de horizon?, NRC Next, November 8, 2016


Museum collections

  Photographic Foundation, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi
Museum of Photography, Antwerp, B
  The New Art Gallery Walsall - diptych, #591 Guangzhou 2001 / #701 Guangzhou 2013 :: click !
  Victoria & Albert Museum, London - Simple Present #67, #298, #402, #404 :: click !


Curated exhibitions

1993

'The Image of Reality’, International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (with Dirk
Braeckman, Ria Pacquée, …)

2003 'Happiness Land’, International Meetings of Photography, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (with Geert Goiris, Karin Hanssen, Peter Boelens, …)
2007 'Speeltijd’ (Playtime), contemporary art in Koninklijk Atheneum Berchem (with Luc Tuymans, David Claerbout, Rineke Dijkstra, Dirk Braeckman, Karin Hanssen…)


Workshops, lectures and assistants
(selection)

1993 Assistant to Lynne Cohen, International Seminar on Photography, Alden Biesen, B
1994 Assistant to Dirk Braeckman, International Seminar on Photography, Alden Biesen, B
1995 Assistant to Stephen Shore, International Seminar on Photography, Hasselt, B
2002 Assistant to Lynne Cohen, Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildene Kunst, Salzburg, A
2004 Assistant to Lynne Cohen, Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildene Kunst, Salzburg, A
2011 Lecture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
2011 Workshop:  Photomeetings Luxembourg
2011 Lecture: Guangdong Museum of Arts Guangzhou, China
2012 Lecture: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
  Workshop: Universidad de las Artes, Havana, Cuba
2013 Lecture: Public-Private, OCT Loft, Shenzhen, China
2013 Lecture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
2014 Lecture/debate (with POC): Goethe Institut, Athens, Greece
  Lecture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China
2016 Workshop (5 days): Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Kanton, China


Organized workshops

1998 Lynne Cohen (CA), Antwerp Photo Museum
2011 Lynne Cohen (CA), Antwerp Photo Museum
2012 Simon Roberts (UK), in collaboration with KASK, Ghent
  Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (F) and Yann Gross (CH), Antwerp Photo Museum
2013 Peter Bialobrzeski (D), Antwerp Photo Museum
2014 Seba Kurtis (AR), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
  Brian Ulrich (US), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
2015 Petros Efstathiadis (Gr), Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
2016 Götz Diergarten, Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.
  Simon Roberts, Antwerp Art Academy, Photgography Dpt.


Prizes and grants

1993 Prize of the Prince, Antwerp, B
1996 Grant of the 'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
1997 Grant of the 'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
  Selected for the'Prix Jeune Peinture Belge 1997', Brussels
1998 Laureate of the'Kunstaanmoedigingsprijs Amstelveen 1998', Amstelveen (NL)
  Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
2000 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community'
2005 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community' for the production of the book 'Make Sense!'
2007 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community' for the production of the book 'Simple Present, Beijing'
2016 Grant of the'Ministry of the Flemish Community'