“When I arrived in Brussels twenty years ago, the city was one big building site. It seems that those days have returned. You can walk outside and what you expected to see turns out to be gone. In this image, for example, nothing is what it seems. A lot of people think that the construction site on place De Brouckèreplein means that work on the pedestrian zone has started, but it is actually the renovation of the De Brouckère station. The façade of the building under the biggest advertising billboard in the country is also misleading because it has been covered with canvas that has a picture of the building on it.”
About Jan Locus
In his photographic work, Jan Locus focuses on long-term projects. His first, Mongolia (Cypres/FoMu, 2005), won the Plantin-Moretus Prize for best art book. In 2012, he published Devoted with Lannoo. As a filmmaker, Locus has made Garbage City (2013), about the Zabbaleen (“garbage people”) in Cairo, and Confusing Drum (2016), about bonfires as an expression of loyalist culture in Belfast.