Geert Goiris was born in 1971 in Bornem. He lives and works in Antwerp. His work is present, among others, by the following institutions: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Museum of photography, Antwerp; Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Spain; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; Direction des Affaires culturelles de la Ville de Paris.
Exhibitions : DARKCLOUD, Art : Concept, Paris (8.09-13.10); Whiteout and other stories, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Le Silence. Une fiction, Villa Paloma, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (curator: Simone Menegoi); Fresh Hell, Carte Blanche à Adam McEwen, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Be it an architectural landscape or a mineral one, the image of a closed up space or a sensitive portrait, a picture by Geert Goiris is always based on the strangeness of an instant and on the fragility of our thoughts. The observation of an image becomes more intense when it contains something extraordinary or unexpected. Such images constitute the structure of “traumatic realism”; a notion that the artist has been developing in his work. Geert Goiris achieves this by creating a world between dream and reality, a mysterious and almost mystical environment that contains the dramatic accents that incite us to lean down closer over an unusual reality and on the potential destabilizing strangeness of anything drawn out of its context