Filip Dujardin: Fictions 2007-2014
Pedro Gadanho, Jan De Vylder, Filip Dujardin
Hatje Cantz, 2014
The art and architectural photographer Filip Dujardin (*1971 in Ghent) has been working on a series since 2007 whose humor and entertainment value is accompanied by references to art history: Fictions presents wonderful objects in conceptional subjectivity and is full of jocularity and persiflage. With the aid of a digital collage technique consisting of photographs of existing buildings in and around Ghent, the city of his birth, the artist creates buildings that have been ingeniously imbedded in the landscape and whose construction would be impossible—fabrications in the true sense of the word. It is not until one inspects them more closely that one realizes that their construction and design is implausible. Readers will marvel at the impressive bridges, intricate residential complexes, strange interiors between gymnasium and industrial building, and abstract, apparently sculptural formations.