Peter Dekens

SHAKY GROUND

‘Shaky Ground’ originates from a childhood memory associated with the First World War. When one of my cousins tried to dismantle an unexploded shell, he was badly injured and died that same evening in the hospital.

Driving along the curve of the Ypres Front Line now, 38 years later, it’s nearly impossible to imagine that one of the most horrific wars of all time was waged here one hundred years ago. The traces of the Great War have been almost completely erased ...

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(UN)EXPECTED

(Un)expected is a memorable photo project about the coping process of surviving relatives of suicides in West Flanders.

In 2008 my mother took her life and just recently a friend did the same. West Flanders, the region where I grew up, has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe, one and a half times higher than the European average and twice as many as the Netherlands. Every month in West-Flanders 20 people commit suicide.

During my research I came into contact with people who had experienced a suicide of a loved one. For some this happened totally unexpected, for another ...

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TOUCH

Stijn is a young man of 23 years old. He was born blind and lives in a modest apartment somewhere in the city. This is the only place in the world where he can move so freely. The table, the chairs, the kitchen and the bed aren't obstacles for him. On the contrary, while being part of his territory, they also guide him through it. He knows this space inside out. It may be small and limited, but Stijn is not. In fact it's quite the opposite.


During the short winter days, there is a slow transition from twilight into total darkness in Stijn's apartment. The darker it gets, the harder it is for me to find ...

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