The Highlight Gallery in San Francisco presents ‘(DIS)LOCATION’, a solo show by Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin whose work is inspired by architecture and landscapes’ heritage and will be on show from 7 February till 29 March 20013. Dujardin’s photographic compositions which are deeply industrial and surreal defy all functional components that relate to architecture and instead create utopian worlds whose arrangements evoke romanticism and wonder.
The show will present his latest body of work, which includes photographs taken at the French coastal town of Deauville and also the Guimaraes area in northern Portugal. His photographic compositions are made up of real buildings, which are then transformed into new fictional structures through the use of digital collaging techniques. The architectural forms, although familiar, become new dreamlike built environments where the walls are erected and even inserted whilst cantilevers emerge and are planted in improbable ways.
His irregular compositions meet the real and the digital and respond seamlessly to the natural environments and landscapes they are planted in, almost as if they have been there forever. At the same time, his juxtaposition of the industrial with the romantic gives new dimensions to photographic collage and offers new exciting imageries that trick the eye.
Filip Dujardin’s work makes the best out of the landscapes he uses whilst respecting their history and cultural importance. His work gives a sense of familiarity and succeeds in accepting the beauty of a new reality. Having studied History of Art with an emphasis on architecture, it is evident that his work embraces all the sculptural qualities that architecture has to offer. His negation of gravity and functionality is courageous, in turn offering us a wondrous sense of freedom.