Hans Op de Beeck

Galerie Xavier Hufkens | 6 rue Saint-Georges

Hans Op de Beeck’s early work investigated issues such as the fate of refugees or the consequences of living in an inhumane urban landscape. He used multiple means and media to fabricate an imitation of life or comment on our environment. Often Op de Beeck reproduced a hushed world on a small scale or filmed common situations, isolating them and turning them into immediately recognizable documents of our age.

With “Family: Scenes and Scenery,” Op de Beeck looked at a different aspect of daily existence, turning his lens on the social niceties of what we all know well—family life. Where he used to reduce the big world to scale models, he now blows things up as if under a microscope, making them alienating but terrifyingly familiar. By scratching the surface of family codes and observing the propriety of contemporary bourgeois life, Op de Beeck succeeds in holding a mirror up to his audience.

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