Galerie DUMONTEIL New York is pleased to present Abandoned Places, the photography solo exhibition by Belgian artist Henk Van Rensbergen who catches urban decay landscapes that serve as a quest of the time and the destiny of man within a forgotten and serene space.
Henk Van Rensbergen (Brussels, 1968) is a Boeing 787 airplane pilot and a photographer. He takes pleasure to explore the empty buildings of our times. His “Abandoned Places” series depicts the silent beauty and the macabre decay of these places, while sometimes revealing their secrets. Many consider Van Rensbergen as one of the founding fathers of the “urban exploration” movement.
Van Rensbergen creates an imaginary anthropomorphic world where mankind has disappeared and only animals inhabit, showing undeniably human behavior... Similar to the question regarding the fate of humanity raised by French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour in his book Where to land? (Où atterrir?), Van Rensbergen’s work empathises the pain of human survival through the perspective of animals when confronted with the ongoing “sixth extinction” of the planet.