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Anina.be presents photographer Luc Peeters (IPV)

Saterday, may 10th 2008, in the Internationaal Perscentrum Vlaanderen (IPV), situated at Grote Markt in Antwerp, a new exhibition was started on the internetsite anina.be. This time photographer Luc Peeters (54) from Lier appeared as guest with an online series with photographs about ‘Inside Tibet’. After the opening, the exhibition can be visited on the internetsite anina.be. In the archives of the site, one can discover all the previous exhibitions.tibetx32.jpg

Luc Peeters is well known in the Antwerp and Flemish world of the press. After he had graduated at the Narafi in Brussels and had set up a press agency, with his employees he provided many years photographic work about the most different themes to Flemish newspaper and magazines. After some time, he specialised himself in human interest and started working with international press agencies. But at the end, he had his fill of all the trouble and strife of these stories.

Then Luc Peeters switched to corporate photography and was one of the first who also embraced digital photography. At this moment he is extremely interested in eventphotography. It’s not the official photoshoots at concerts that he’s looking for, but rather the way the artist himself is experiencing the event.

Next to the eventphotography, Luc Peeters also continues to do traditionel studiowork and takes part in artprojects, among others on cooperation with Robert Groslot. “But I remain mainly an all ronder,” stresses Luc Peeters. “I refuse to put myself in one box, but for me the technical aspect of the photgraph will remain always a very big priority.”

Luc Peeters won the very first photograph price of the International Press Centrum Flanders, but for him the best accolades he got for his work, are the pictures on the first pages of newspapers and magazines and his cli├źnts coming back again and again.

For his cooperation with Anina, Luc peeters choose for a photographic commentary concerning Tibet. “The images are already some years old, but they have in fact lost still nothing of their topicality,” he comments his choice. “Moreover, the pictures are offering an unexpected view of Tibet. There are a lot of stories going around concering the Tibetan society, but nobody really knows what’s going on there.”

But in his exhibition, the photographer refuses tot present himself as an antagonist of one the concerned parties. “I show exclusively pictures of the inland of Tibet,” explains Luc Peeters. “There one doesn’t notice very much about of the Chinese colonisation, which is mostly concentrated in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.”

The exhibition ‘Inside Tibet’ can also be seen in the virtual world, at www.managing21.taatu.com.

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Analogue manipulation of digital pictures

jannabeck.jpgUntill the end of April the Antwerp artist Janna Beck (28) presents her photographic project ‘(Un) reasonable Doubt’on the digital art platform Anina.be. In this project, Janna Beck will show a series of pictures which are the consequence of analogous picture manipulation, where the use of analogous technology at the moment of the prerecordings leads to a distortion of reality.

“Deliberately I choose for the use of non-digital manipulation,” the artist comments her work. “The analogous moment-manipulation is created during the prerecordings themselves, thanks to the use of techniques such as the imperfection, toycams, expired films and the improper use of dia film and filters. The objects of my work are the man-made objects around me, the metamorphic human surroundings, many times a fragmentated reality or details from a larger whole.”

In ‘(Un)reasonable Doubt’ Janna Beck uses a self made lens to create imperfection. “I try to bring the surreal of the reality to the forefront, to show how nice the track of the development can be,” says the artist. “I am always in search of techniques to do this kind of experiments, without using digital possibilities. I want to bring honest objects to the public. To create this, I’m experimenting with cameras, lenses and film.”

“Nature and landscapes are really and nicely in itself, but plastic, concrete, metal need frequently to be disguised, to be examined by a euphemetical optical device and being stripped of its visually restless surroundings,” Janna Beck stresses. “That is what I do. I show the things as I want them to be seen, to reach compositions and colours which seem to come from an imaginary world.”

Janna Beck studied College of Department Design and Sciences in Antwerp and specialised herself further in an exchange project at the Escola Superior the Artes and Design at Porto. She gained a degree in product development. At this moment, she is a professor webdesign at the Urban Nijverheidsschool Antwerp and architectural shaping and 3D with the Kunsthumaniora Antwerp. She is alwso a guest lecturer multimedia to the Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen.

As an artist, Janna Beck was involved in projects for Europalia Bulgaria (2002), Europalia Italy (2003) and Europalia Russia (2005). She also cooperated in the exhibition Natures Wisdom in the Belgian pavilion at the World Exhibition in Nagoya, Japan. She also particapted in the travelling photo-exihibition Photoview with the Center voor Beeldexpressie.

She exhibited also in several galleries and at this moment she takes part in the travelling exhibition ‘It is Eye’, an organisation of the Fotografisch Circuit Vlaanderen. Janna Beck also cooperated in the Cultureel Jaarboek 2003 of the city Antwerp and the book Stadsgedichte by Tom Lanoye. Work of the artist also features on the internetsite www.jannabeck.be.
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