Pieter Geenen (Belgium 1979) lives and works in Brussels. As a visual artist he questions the landscape as a bearer of meaning. Geenen is interested in the suggestive and evocative qualities of the landscape, and geo-political and geo-social realities in particular. How does man relate to the landscape? How do we shape landscape, what traces do we leave, and what do we experience in confrontation with a landscape? In his work the image manifests itself slowly, exploring the subtle and hidden characteristics of things. Listening and watching becomes intense, intimate, alienating, contemplative and almost tangible in the context of an undisturbed stillness.
Atlantis (2008) In 2009 the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Chinese Yangtze River was completed. The numerous social and environmental issues related to its construction made this dam one of the world's most controversial projects in recent history. The video shows the banks of the Three Gorges Reservoir being scanned by the searchlights of a Yangtze cruise boat. The light beam on this nocturnal landscape seems to explore a sunken universe, a land of which people seem to have left, with demolished buildings, desolate forests and ghost ships. 'Atlantis' is a visual and aural journey on the Three Gorges Reservoir, following the Yangtze River from the world's largest dam in Sandouping up to the city of Chongqing.
Gaze (2009) is a series of videos on the edge between moving and still images. A steady shot is looking out on a sublime landscape. The origin and content of the image, the actual reality, the 'truth' and the story behind it are unclear and left open. While the sound is suggesting a bigger whole, outside the visual frame, the spectator is being directed to the act of watching itself, liberated from any conditioning and fragmentation to which he generally is subjected. Nothing seems to change or move, though it does in a slow, monotonous and repetitive way, sometimes only sporadically.
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