VERONICA'S
International Photofestival, Knokke-Heist, 03.29.2009 - 06.07.2009
Curated by Erik Eelbode

With works by Martin Arnold, Dirk Braeckman, Elias Grootaers, Craigie Horsfield, Dirk Lauwaert,
Dominique Somers, Marc Trivier.

"Veronica has never existed in real life. According to the apocryphal story she wiped Jesus' face during his Way of the Cross to Golgotha.
Its imprint is supposed to be preserved on the cloth. But what's more important is the fact that the name Veronica – as one of the creation myths of the photographic image – is derived from vera ikon, a “real” or “true” image. Of course, 'true' images do not exist either. Although we keep looking for them. Especially now, at a time when the contemporary image landscape seems to have turned into an ever-expanding visual salad bar without any obligation. Anything is possible, rien ne va plus. This personal choice of film-based installations and photographic works brings together a number of images that are fundamentally of our time but – at the same time – distance themselves from it. Images in which time obtains a volume for instance. A volume that photography has denied by introducing the snap shot, according to Dirk Lauwaert's writings. In the works presented here, photography is not approached as an explosion, as a reflex or as a temporal puncture, but rather as a time span that needs to be traversed towards the image. The more time is accumulated within the image, the more possibilities, questions and alternatives arise."
Erik Eelbode on Veronica's