This Collector's Edition includes the book The Course of History and this print signed and numbered by Bart Michiels: Verdun 1916, Le Mort Homme, 2001 Archival pigment prints, 31,5 x 26,5 cm. The photograph has been printed in 2013 in a limited edition of 40 copies.
At first glance, the images by Bart Michiels, the Belgian photographer who lives and works in New York, seem to depict simple vast landscapes and details of nature. But as soon as we read the titles, our perception of the images change and we instinctively begin to search for traces of the sad history tied to these places. For his series The Course of History, Michiels sought out Europe's most infamous and bloody battlefields, capturing them as they are today, after decades-or sometimes, centuries. Fields, hills, beaches, where time seems to have cancelled every testament of the past, and with them, a part of our collective memory. Taking advantage of the evocative power of words and images, the photographer invites us to reflect on the sense and consequences of war.
Bart Michiels was born in Belgium, grew up on the coastal flatlands of Flanders and studied photography at St. Lukas Hoger Instituut voor Beeldende Kunsten (now called Hogeschool Sint-Lukas) in Brussels. Michiels currently resides and works in New York City. He won The Project Competition (Santa Fe) in 1995 for his series Riverworks, and was a finalist for both the 2006 Santa Fe Prize for Photography and for Le Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie (France) in 2010 for his series The Course of History. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of Bank of America, The Tennessee Valley Authority, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and The Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others.