JOOST VANDEBRUG

BIO

Born 1982 in Harlingen, The Netherlands. Lives and work in Antwerp, Belgium

Joost Vandebrug works across photography, mixed-media and film and studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.His photo-based works include both conventional and unconventional printing techniques such as pigment transfers and silver-gelatin prints, both on the hand-made and hand-coated Washi as well as copper plates and traditional Barite paper. The susceptibility and fragility of historic photographic techniques, which often parallels his subject matters, led to Vandebrug's embrace of imperfection and accidents that go against the photographic tradition of producing and preserving unblemished prints.

 

Before dedicating his career solely to his art, Vandebrug worked as a commercial photographer and filmmaker and shot worldwide campaigns for clients such Nike, Superdry and Dsquared2 and was represented by Art+Commerce in New York and Canvas Represents in London.

Vandebrug's Documentary film, Bruce Lee and the Outlaw, for which he filmed a community living under the streets of Bucharest for 6 years won over a dozen international awards, received 5 stars in The Guardian and was screened in over 50 film festivals around the world.

 

Education

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

Exhibitions
 

Solo Exhibitions 

2021 Everything Flows, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium 
2021 Tributary, Orange Art House, Brussels, Belgium 

2020 Provenance and Progress, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium 

2019 Provenance, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium 

 

Group Exhibitions

2021 Unseen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

2021 Unbound, curated by Marcel Feil, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

2021 BLUES, Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (artist curator)

2020 Provenance, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2020 Wunderwall, Gallery Sofie van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium

Awards
2018 South Korea, Busan IFF, Winner Cinephile award for Best Documentary
2019 Istanbul, Turkey, Winner TRT award
2019 Munich, DOK.fest, Special Jury award
2019 Buenos Aires, Winner first jury prize + Audience award
2019 Rudnik IFF, Russia, Audience award
2019 Iceland, Icedocs, Winner Best film award + Audience award
2019 Utrecht, Nederlands film festival, Winner Debut award
2019 Bali, Indonesia, Winner Best documentary film Award
2019 Mexico, docsMX, Winner first Jury prize

Publications
2016 Bruce Lee, Regele Canalelor (Bruce Lee, King of the Tunnels)

2014 Cinci Lei, Published by DUST magazine

2011 A Life in Tunnels, Edition of 200 signed copies

Filmography
2018 Bruce Lee and the outlaw (feature documentary)