A Mirror Vision by Olivier Brouwers, Brussels
This month, for six days only, Belgian artist Olivier Brouwers will be peddling his photographic wares at The Young Gallery in Brussels.
See more of Brouwers’s Cross-continental musings
Bruxelles/Barcelone: A Mirror Vision, is a happy-go-lucky exposition of Brouwers ongoing photographic fiction. Drawing on his dual-city personality, his photographs present opposing everyday realities across the continent.
Born in Brussels and living in Barcelona, A Mirror Vision is a playful take on Brouwers’ double life. His seemingly impromptu, yet innately cinematic black and white photographs outline carefree happenings in both cities - elderly men reading on buses, a pair of improbable beauties scootering around town, and a pair of intercity weddings.
Brouwers draws us artfully into the romance of his glossy, achromatic fictions - playing up to the cultural stereotypes of two highly distinct, but inherently alike cosmopolitan centres.
Heaped with a liberal amount of cappuccino-style froth – A Mirror Vision holds a narrative weight, but also affords us the room to take a step back and admire the beauty of each city (and more importantly, the attractive creatures that inhabit them).
Brouwers’ urban observations may sit on the picture-perfect side of the photographic fence - but his work also invokes a gentle timelessness that we can’t help but admire.