Too much bling bling, not enough edge: Fotofever fair lands in Brussels

That red wall. Those six black and white photographs of refugees by Charif Benhelima. The contrast couldn’t have been bigger, with everything I had just seen. Sure, it’s nice that with Fotofever (through October 7, Tour & Taxis) Brussels is now having a fair for art galleries specializing in photography. After a first edition in Paris last year (40 galleries, 11.500 visitors), it has now landed here, with some 60 galleries presenting their artists. But you’ll agree with me that most of the pictures on display are on the safe side; big, slick, colourful and trying to please in one way or the other. Too much bling bling, not enough edge. (And that special corner for ‘young’ galleries feels like a joke, really.) So: respect to Bozar (Brussels), for showing those Benhelima’s. On the wall of the VIP-lounge, of all places.


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