Flags, plants and empty chairs: Elisabeth Ida’s ‘Inside embassies in Belgium’

‘He was influential before documentary photography took over’, somebody said, complimenting Belgian artist Jan Dibbets at the opening of one of his shows, last week. I know: sometimes documentary photography is a trend one can not but curse. But it can be appealing too. Take the pictures of Elisabeth Sri Unggul Ida Mulyani for instance. I know it has been done before, but nevertheless, there’s something fascinating about that series of photo’s she’s taken in embassies in Brussels. The composition of those pictures, and the eerie emptiness of those rooms, knowing that these are places of power. Her pictures are on view at B-Gallery (Brussels, through April 30), that small gallery in that well-known arcade with secondhand bookstores that allows young artists to set up exhibitions for just a couple of weeks. Info here. You’ll find more about Elisabeth Ida’s work on her website, here.


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