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IconoBelge ii : Belgian Fashion Photography in Antwerp

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Belgium – An absolute reduction reduces the country to surrealism, chocolate and beer, and in recent years added the concept of fashion to this list. The city of Antwerp also wants a share of the cake, it is all too happy to declare itself the fashion capital of Belgium. This year the second edition of the IconoBelge biennial was planned, and then – right, you guessed it – Corona. As an emergency solution, a smaller version puts the emphasis on Belgian fashion photography. The initiators went for a broad interpretation of the term and included glamour and portrait. Central to the exhibition is the work of the regretted Marc Lagrange (1957-2015). He realized a series in the Handelsbeurs in which he drew inspiration from 1001 nights & the surrealism of Delvaux. The archaic architecture changes into an exotic palace filled with sensuality and eroticism. Surrealism is also the keyword for Karel Fonteyne’s (1950) world. His series Fées en Diable (Vogue 1991) places his elegant models in a dilapidated factory. The use of color enhances the alienation process, or as Fonteyne...

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