Maarten Vanden Abeele mainly concentrates on photography, but also makes video art and installations. He displays his photographs in series without any apparent basis in narrative or chronology. For the artist, the mutual connection becomes clearer the more photographs he takes. In making each individual image, Vanden Abeele is led by his intuition. He considers photographs as frozen images comprising a memory’s materialisation. Still, his photographs do not immortalize anything: they never record a decisive moment, but only suggest the transitory, fleeting element of time. Both the subject and form of Vanden Abeele’s photographs regularly vary. He plays with format, color and focus, and shoots both landscapes and portraits, cityscapes and still lifes.
Credits (c)image: vdabw
Maarten Vanden Abeele was invited to the biennial as one of four photographic eyes. During his presence in Moscow for ten days, he captured what was going on around the biennial, in VDNKh (the exhibition park around the site) and, above all, in Moscow city. His photographs were installed on walls inside Pavilion No.1 where the biennial took place.