I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I spent most of my college years in Kortrijk. It’s also where I met my husband and got my college degree, so only good memories are in order here.
A couple of weeks ago, we visited the Aller Retour exhibition in Kortrijk. Organised by the Kortrijk-based Broelmuseum, this exhibition showcases the work of three photographers. All three of them were born in Kortrijk and are part of three different generations. Three talented people, each of them with a different take on photography.
Carl De Keyzer presents his series Moments before the flood. Truly remarkable landscapes that are in fact a visual research into how we will handle a possible flood. The resolution of the photographs is stunning. Part of the photographs were used in a project by students from Howest Kortrijk. These digital manipulations leave you wondering about the reality in the photos.
Stephan Vanfleteren is famous for his black and white photography (and portraits), but during Aller Retour he presents new work (in color!): FaĂ§ades & Vitrines. The photographs of a bricked front door or a curtain drawn in a shop window make this a rather melancholic portrait of abandoned shops, closed pubs and vanishing buildings.
Back in 2010, Bieke Depoorter won the Magnum Expression Award, the prelude to a beautiful career in photography, if you ask me. Her exhibition at Aller Retour showcases photographs of people in America, Russia or Egypt photographed at their homes. This daily life series is catching in its intimacy.
The exhibition is hosted at the Budafabriek in Kortrijk, which is worth a visit even if you’re not into photography. I absolutely love this building. After your visit to the exhibition, you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafe or browse the selection of books offered at the Theoria pop-up shop.
09/03/2013 > 09/06/2013
Earlier this year we had a dinner at Balthazar. It’s a cafe annex bistro located in the city center of Kortrijk. I love the way they decorated the place, it’s quite cozy, thanks to the use of dark hues and wood. It has a great menu offering a variety of dishes that could be found in your (grand)mother’s recipe book. During summer (when we went) most of the people hang out outside the cafe as it’s located alongside the canal. The bistro space isn’t that spacious though, so it might be a good idea to make a reservation before heading there.