by Dieter Debruyne


Urbanautica Institute will coordinate the portfolio review during next edition of BRUGGE FOTO. The photography festival of the city of Bruges, Belgium, will run its 5th edition from December 3rd through January 7th 2017.

Portfolio review will take place on December 16th in the 'Bogardenkapel' in Bruges, from 10.00 to 17.00.

One portfolio will be handpicked for an exhibition in Bruges in collaboration with Luc Rabaey, art director of 44 GALLERY CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY and Brugge foto Festival. 


Reviewers are arranged in pairs so that each session offers the opportunity to simultaneously showcase the work to two reviewers. 
Team 1: Luc Rabaey & Gert Jochems
Team 2: Willem Vermoere & Tine Guns
Team 3: Aurore Dal Mas & Erwan Quaegebeur 

There are only 15 positions available.
Portfolio has to be submitted to dieterm.debruyne@yahoo.comPortfolio's can be submitted untill 3rd December at 12h00pm.
Each selectee will receive a registration form to be filled:
One hour review with the 3 teams and each team will review for 20 minutes costs 60 EUR in total. 


Bogardenkapel (Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten)
Katelijnestraat 86, Brugge


44 Gallery is an art-gallery for contempory photography located in Bruges which hosts exhibitions with a keen eye on Belgian photography. 44 Gallery works both with up-coming talents and established artists. Fueled by the unconventional choice of imagery by photographer and curator Luc Rabaey the gallery stands as one of the leading exhibition spaces in Belgium.


Aurore Dal Mas obtained a Master in Photography at La Cambre, since then she has diversified her practice and works with text, performance and sometimes video. Her work takes as its focus movement that can not be expressed in words, natural and underground forces, desire and relationships, the enemy inside. She showed her work in Paris, Rennes, Sofia, at the Museum of Photography in Charleroi and in various art centers in Belgium. She also teaches photography and communication at Ihecs, Brussels. During the reviews, she can give advice on the work and editing, advice on residencies and how to develop your career.

Erwan Quaegebeur
Born in Lille in 1984, Erwan had adopted Brussels as his home since 2016. After 10 years of experience in communication and international trade, he founded Modern Blocks, an online platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Avid and curious of novelty in image, his priority is to make contemporary photography more accessible but also to offer a better visibility to talented photographers throughout a new space of exhibition. 

Tine Guns (1983) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. Her videowork was screened at festivals like Jean Rouch Festival, Next Festival, TAZ, Ostrale Dresden. She exhibited at Cinematek/BOZAR, Netwerk Aalst, Brakke Grond Amsterdam, among others. Her photograpic work was selected for Voies Off Festival, Salut d’Honneur de Jan Hoet, Pass, TIFF-talents 2015, She has self-published several artist books like Amoureux solitaire (2014) and The Diver (2014). In 2015 ‘The Diver’ was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2015 First Book Awards of MACK. To Each his Own Mask is her first Film.

Willem Vermoere (1960) lives and works in Ghent since 1980. He teaches photography at the School of Arts/KASK in Ghent since 1989 and was from 2005 till 2016 course director of the fine arts department. Besides teaching, he also a curator (Angst essen Seele auf, Locus Fabrica, Wunderkammer) and with personal series DRATER, he explores the veracity of photographic images and their relation with language.

Photographer, owner at 44 Gallery, organizer, curator and mentor. Luc Rabaey discovered his own creative talents at the age of 45 only, while wisely choosing for photography. Looking at his latter realizations we can say he has quite made up for his somewhat late start. Organizing photography-exhibitions led to the start-up of his 44 Gallery in Bruges, which is now six years young but has already shown about 99 photographers from Belgium and abroad. Intensity, authenticity and a touch of magic are his most crucial criteria for the selection of photographical works. His gallery hosts and promotes a number of valuable oeuvres in Belgian photography, international arists as well.
He curated De Lichte Kamer, Brussels Parliament and Belgian Street Photography in BELvue Museum, Brussels, Intimacy under the milky Way at PAK and Dark Rooms. Photography and beyond in Bruges. He coördinates and curates Brugge Foto festival.

Gert Jochems is for over 20 years a documentary photographer. He mainly worked for De Standaard and is an associate of agence VU (Paris). He had a huge exhibition at FOMU, Antwerp with his series 'S'. Furthermore, he has made two books : 'RUS' and 'S' and exhibited in several shows across Belgium and other countries.