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In his fourth solo show at Gallery FIFTY ONE, Bruno V. Roels shows more of the playground he’s built for himself. His practice is still grounded in the possibilities of the analogue photographic process. New, however, is the fact that he allows his other interests (language, modern art in general, semiotics…) to pop up.

On view in the gallery are not just compositions of gelatin silver photographs, but also posters, post cards, jigsaw puzzles and even a vitreous enamel sign. For Roels, it all points towards a single idea: everything is a text.

But if everything is a text, and if his work can be read, what is Roels trying to tell us? In his words: “Paradise is just around the corner, but we’ll never reach it”. Sure, we busy ourselves looking for paradise, but in the end it’s an unsustainable concept.

Opening: Saturday, September 11th 2021 from 2 – 6 pm, in the presence of the artist!