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Anne Daems


One of the most striking characteristics of Anne Daems’ work is its laconic sparseness. Her photographs, videos and drawings are bare observations. She seems to add as little as possible to the things she encounters and photographs. The finished pictures are not framed or excessively enlarged, but simply pasted onto thin sheets of aluminium to protect them and keep them taut when hung. Her choice of subjects permits us to hazard a guess as to her motivations, but her images are always open to different interpretations. Sometimes they seem harsh and cruel, but often tender or humorous at the same time. The shots are always carefully planned. Almost every photograph contains supplementary details or counterpoints, often close to the edge or in a corner of the picture. It is as if the whole world is compressed, as if the photograph strives to be closed in a formal sense while remaining open in terms of content. To my mind, Anne Daems makes “images”.

fragment from text by Hans Thys, 1999

Anne Daems


One of the most striking characteristics of Anne Daems’ work is its laconic sparseness. Her photographs, videos and drawings are bare observations. She seems to add as little as possible to the things she encounters and photographs. The finished pictures are not framed or excessively enlarged, but simply pasted onto thin sheets of aluminium to protect them and keep them taut when hung. Her choice of subjects permits us to hazard a guess as to her motivations, but her images are always open to different interpretations. Sometimes they seem harsh and cruel, but often tender or humorous at the same time. The shots are always carefully planned. Almost every photograph contains supplementary details or counterpoints, often close to the edge or in a corner of the picture. It is as if the whole world is compressed, as if the photograph strives to be closed in a formal sense while remaining open in terms of content. To my mind, Anne Daems makes “images”.

fragment from text by Hans Thys, 1999