The audiovisual work of Pieter Geenen revolves around places and communities which find themselves between appearing and disappearing, forgetting and remembering, destruction and resurrection, the utopian and the dystopian. They are subjected to war, persecution, colonialism, cultural genocide, migration, economic or demographic changes, globalisation, climate change, etc. He approaches universal symbols around which people gather, coexist or live in conflict. These are elements which connect people and places who don’t seem to share a common ground at first sight and remain merely exotic to the western mind. However, working across communities, locations and formats opens our understanding of place, belonging and identity, and offers potential new readings of the present and of the past.
Pieter Geenen (born 1979) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Selected exhibitions and screenings include International Film Festival Rotterdam, M-Museum Leuven, New York Film Festival, La Capella Barcelona, Hong Kong Film Festival, Doclisboa, FID Marseille, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Images Festival Toronto, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Argos Centre for Art and Media Brussels, Les Rencontres Internationales, Médiathèque FMAC Geneva. He was recently artist in residence at [R.A.T.], Mexico City and Ágúst Residency, Iceland. His works are included in the public collections of Colección Inelcom, Madrid, Collection of the Flemish Community, Emile Van Dorenmuseum, Genk, and different private collections.
He is a co-founder of Messidor, a collective platform for reflection, production and distribution based in Brussels.