In 2019, the annual summer photography festival Rencontres d’Arles held the exhibition PHOTO | BRUT collection Bruno Decharme & compagnie which was taken over in 2021 by the American Folk Art Museum in New York. In 2022, Bruno Decharme and Anne-Françoise Rouche have decided to reveal other facets of “raw photography” through recent discoveries of works by a hundred artists.
PHOTO | BRUT BXL collection Bruno Decharme includes exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances, two study days and new publications. The programme is based on the theme of “raw photography”. Through photographs, photomontages or photocollages, these creators, generally self-taught, reveal their personal universes through works produced outside conventional artistic circuits. This little-explored field of research on outsider art opens up a path towards innovative practices in the field of photography, thus contributing to renewing the way this medium is seen. This project thus questions the role of the collector, his or her power over the categorisation of creators, as well as photography.
In the context of the project PHOTO | BRUT BXL, CENTRALE presents nearly 200 photographs from PHOTO | BRUT collection Bruno Decharme & compagnie exhibited in Arles. True to its programming principles, the art center of the city of Brussels has also invited Brussels-based artist Angel Vergara for an open and unique dialogue with Bruno Decharme. His work is inspired by the continuous research on the power of the image through performances, videos, installations, paintings and drawings. He tests the limits of art and reality, and stretches the boundaries of reality and its perception. His research on how the contemporary image shapes the interconnected public and private spheres perfectly resonates with “raw” photography. Each piece of Vergara’s work is an attempt to shatter the image; it strives to have an impact on the aesthetic, sociocultural and political level. For this project he was inspired by filmed portraits that the director Bruno Decharme dedicated to the creators of his collection.
With the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
PHOTO I BRUT #1 - collection Bruno Decharme & installation vidéo Angel Vergara
Location: Place Sainte-Catherine, 44, 1000 Brussels