FRAC Haute-Normandie, 3, place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance, 76300 Sotteville-lès-Rouen (FR)
In his solo exhibition 'Fight or Flight', Belgian photographer Geert Goiris explores the subconscious, instinctive defence mechanisms at work in the human brain. The exhibition's title refers to a term widely used in psychology and neuroscience to describe the defence and flight responses triggered by the sympathetic nervous system. For Geert Goiris,
this mechanism is a metaphor for reactions to the complexity of the modern world and the dilemma it creates.
The exhibition layout, devised by Geert Goiris, looks at the possible effects that these mechanisms have on his photographs. He compares and contrasts visions of the world that are poetic, abstract and realistic, focusing on the enigmatic aspect of his work. By using different media—posters of his prints in various formats stuck directly on to the wall—the artist investigates the paradoxical way in which photography can reveal environments in their smallest details, while keeping secrets and matters left unsaid.
He shows the way in which this lack of information gives way, in the end, to the imagination, and at the same time sparks a feeling of abandonment, loneliness, melancholy and detachment.
Accordingly, the exhibition sets out to discuss the possibilities and limitations of photography, as well as the conditions commanding contemporary perception.
One of the leading photographers on the Belgian artistic scene, Geert Goiris
(°1971) graduated from the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels Saint Luc, in Brussels, in 1993 and HISK in Antwerp in 2000. Since the mid-2000s, his work has often been shown at major events, including Manifesta 5
(San Sebastian, Spain, 2004) and in foremost institutions, such as the Wiels in Brussels (2008), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2010), the Kunsthalle
in Hamburg (2011), the Museum
of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (2015) and the Pompidou Centre in Metz (2016). His first monograph, 'Lying Awake', was published in 2013, coinciding with a major solo exhibition at M – Museum Leuven in Belgium.