"True chameleon at heart, Charbel nonetheless chooses to devote his time to photography: as of June 24th, he will unveil his first solo exhibiti… Read More
"True chameleon at heart, Charbel nonetheless chooses to devote his time to photography: as of June 24th, he will unveil his first solo exhibition, casting light on Wevelgem’s Manufacture Franco Belge through huge C-prints. Presented inside a new gallery space inside the Carpet Manufacture, they depict the building with talent. Charbel gives it a soul.
Through his pictures, the vast industrial spaces originally built in 1923 echo: tracing back the Manufacture’s noble past, Charbel not only seizes the Grande Dame’s history but also captures its modernity. On the surface of the prints, the old machinery vibrates, cylinders spin, creating huge graphic webs. Patiently, untouched collections of spare parts unveil their oily shapes in the ambient darkness. Giving a colourful pace and rhythm to cathedral alleys, 1920s jacquard cards pile up in towering shelves. The patina of a plank floor, a ladder awaiting an order or the power of steel claws swallowing coloured threads… the Manufacture comes to life.
A first exhibition that captures, with precision and poetry, the sole nature of the old industrial plant, and reveals it all the way into its forgotten corners. " Marie Lefort Read Less