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Gert Jochems

Born in 1969 in Brecht, Belgium.

Gert Jochems graduated with degrees in political and social sciences and international relations from the University of Ghent and later studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. After having worked as a freelance photographer, he started focusing more on long term projects. In 2005, his "on the road story" though Siberia was completed in the book "RUS". Today he lives in Antwerp.

His works have been show in Hasselt, Antwerp, Breda, Brighton and Genk, as well as in various media outlets.


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Portfolio

Series

S (2013)

"Hi Layla and partner, Let me get straight to the point: would you be interested in a photo shoot, as a couple? I’m a photographer and I’m working on an exhibition about sexuality for a museum. But if you like, I can make you unrecognizable. We can do the shoot at my place. I live in Antwerp. I’d prefer to do it at your place, but I would understand if that’s a problem. Cheers Gert PS: I attach a photo of myself, but let me add that the real reason for contacting you is the photography. This is just a short mail, but if you still have questions please don’t hesitate to ask." Gert Jochems wants to find out what happens behind lowered blinds and closed curtains. He is...

Belgium, Dampremy, a poor district of Charleroi (2008)

In winter of 2007, Jochems accidentally found himself in Dampremy, a suburb of the Wallon city of Charleroi, « discredited » in Belgium. Soon he saw the « beauty in the ugliness » of this neighbourhood, consisting of no more than five streets. Nothing but derelict terrains in between houses. Poverty, unemployment neglect and inequality crammed in a few square kilometres. Imminent danger seems constantly present. Yet there is no panic, nor melancholy. Irresolution might be the best word for it.

Hebron, Gaza, and occupied territories (2006)

On the thematic of the wall, Gert Jochems proposes a work where every image is the result of a montage of three photographs: a wall in the middle, and two photographs that respond one another from every corner of the frame. As if the things turned apart by men could be gathered by the photography. A manner that, instead of opposing people, would be like a mirror. Everyone becomes a bit and the other end can then be considered.

Rus (2005)

The pictures that Gert Jochems took on his trips to every corners of Russia show a disrupted society in a deep crisis.

Books

S

Gert Jochems wants to find out what happens behind lowered blinds and closed curtains. He is interested in what people usually keep to themselves. He finds his models on dating sites and by responding to classified ads.

Jochems visits people in their homes and photographs them during their sexual experiences. He does not join in but keeps a distance, hiding behind his tripod and camera, capturing interiors and recognizable details that reveal as much as the action itself.
Text by: David Van Reybrouck

Publisher: Hannibal (2012)
240 pages
Size: 17,7 x 13 cm  

RUS

The pictures that Gert Jochems took on his trips to all corners of Russia show a disrupted society in a deep crisis
Text by: Bernard Dewulf

Publisher: FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen (2005)
ISBN :9066250801   

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