Twelve times falling, 2019
inkjet print on photorag paper
180 x 160 cm

Horse, 2019
inkjet print on photorag paper
80 x 120 cm

Body Double, 2019
inkjet print on photorag paper
70 x 45 cm

Still Life (camera obscura), 2017
inkjet print on photorag paper
100 x 56.5 cm

Double Take, 2017
inkjet print on photorag paper
35 x 28 cm - each

Dive, 2017
HD video
4' 18''

Freefall, 2016
inkjet print on photorag paper
100 x 150 cm

Still, 2016
inkjet print on photorag paper
66.6 x 100 cm

Orbit, 2016
inkjet print on photorag paper
55.5 x 75 cm

Dissection, 2016
inkjet print on photorag paper
66 x 100 cm

River, 2016
inkjet print on photorag paper
100 x 150 cm

The Trick, 2015
inkjet print on photorag paper
27 x 40 cm

Tom Callemin, 2016
FOMU, Antwerp, BE, installation view

Hole, 2015
inkjet print on photorag paper
50 x 75 cm

Examination, 2015
inkjet print on photorag paper
90 x 60 cm

Tower, 2015
inkjet print on photorag paper
90 x 60 cm

Holding, 2014
inkjet print on photorag paper
100 x 75 cm

Cage, 2013
inkjet print on photorag paper
75 x 50 cm

Man with child, 2013
inkjet print on photorag paper
100 x 66 cm

biography

‘Photography is false on the level of perception, true on the level of time’, Roland Barthes once said. According to Barthes, a photograph is ‘a new form of hallucination’, so to speak, a modest, shared hallucination (not being there, on one hand, but having indeed been there): a mad image, which has that glimmer of reality. In his work Tom Callemin plays with that glimmer of reality and with the camera’s capacity to let us, as he says, ‘look between the folds of time’s continuum and discover what our eye overlooks.’                                                                                                                    

Callemin’s photographs show the paradoxical, alienating character of photography. They are not ‘readable’, not descriptive, although they do involve a narrative through a play of suggestions. These are constructed images that question, in a conceptual way, photography as a medium in these times of unbridled visual production. Callemin: “In an age in which we see everything around us changing rapidly, the photograph may well be the only thing that continues to remind us of what once existed. The photograph is an anchor in times when the flow of time seems to be a prime issue. More than ever before, for instance, we need to look at what was always there: the moon, the sea.” 

Tom Callemin was born in 1991, in Ostend (BE). He obtained a master in both Photography and Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent, Belgium. He was selected by the Fotomuseum in Antwerp (FOMU) in 2014 as a promising young photographer for the .tiff magazine and in 2015 as FOAM Young Talent by the Photo Museum in Amsterdam. He also won the Prix Lavallois in 2015. The work of Tom Callemin was on view at the Arts Festival in Watou in Belgium (2015); the Institute Néerlandais in Paris (2015, FR); in Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (2016, BE); Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen (2016, NL); FOMU Antwerp (2016, BE); the Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (2017, NL), and the MAS in Antwerp (2018/19, BE). The work of Callemin was also selected for the online special about contemporary photography from Belgium, “Turning Photography”, as part of the Belgian Pavilion program at the 57th Venice Biennale. His work is represented in various international public and private collections.

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gallery exhibitions
May 18 - July 6, 2019
Duo
April 8 - May 27, 2017
Solo
January 16 - February 23, 2016
Group