ING Unseen Talent Award: Tom Callemin

by Unseen September 05 2017

Circular ruins, 2017 © Tom Callemin

Ghent-based artist Tom Callemin (b. 1991, Belgium) received his MA in Photography from the School of Arts in Ghent, as well as his MA in Fine Arts from the same institution. He was the 2015 recipient of the Laureate Prix Levallois, and his work has been exhibited in institutions all over Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan and France. Callemin’s work gains meaning from elision. Playing with light and shadows, his projects create meaningful ambiguity, speaking to their audience’s imagination.

Artist Statement
A flash of light travels over a landscape and illuminates everything in its presence. The flash freezes all action, and through many perspectives a moment unfolds.

It is said that different variations of a single reality are always present in time. History and present are made up of infinite series in time, existing simultaneously like a network of paths that diverge, converge and run parallel to each other.

By using multiple cameras that use the same flash of light, one thousandth of a second reveals three months of study and preparation. The temporal light connects and affects everything that existed in this fragmented panorama of one moment.

Voting has now closed. The winner will be announced at Unseen Amsterdam.