Sybren Vanoverberghe is a Belgian artist
Episode 142: Sybren Vanoverberghe is an artist whose work I have come to value highly. As a young Belgian artist, I have been blown away by his vision and his books.
Recently, APE (Art Paper Editions) published Sybren’s fourth book 1099. The last three books of Sybren’s have been published by the firm and have been highly successful and critically acclaimed titles. It would be fair to mention that I have written the text for the book. I became a fan of Sybren’s when he published the compendium volume 2099 to 1099 in 2018. His Conference of Birds book (2019, APE)solidified his standing in my mind as one of the young talents keep an eye out for.
Sybren’s work touches on many things that interest me in my own work. We are both interested in history, failure and ideology and how these ideas are represented in photography or how they fail representation. We are both also very much interested in the tactile quality, the aura and the charging of photographs through display and the addition of objects that circulate in and out of the framed image. Place also occupies a focus as Sybren looks abroad for his theater in which to make images.
In Sybren’s work, you will find all of what I have mentioned above and many more nuanced conversations. You will find an attraction towards the historical sublime and ruin. You will find an emphasis on decay. There are many things happening within that ask questions of our viewership and what we have been accustomed to understanding in the pursuit of understanding the world and its past, present and future conditions.
In the episode, we speak about all of these things, plus Sybren’s side project with Thomas Vandenberghe in Ghent-N/O Gallery. Please have a look at Sybren’s work and his many efforts.