© Max Pinckers, From the series 'Margins of Excess'.

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Max Pinckers is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium. His oeuvre explores visual strategies in documentary photography.

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His works manifest in the form of self-published artist books and exhibition installations such as The Fourth Wall (2012), Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty (2014), Trophy Camera v0.9 (2017) and Margins of Excess (2018).

 

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@maxpinckers posting on @photoworks_uk from the book ‘Margins of Excess’ (2018) ● “It went from a backyard experiment to something that was just blown out of proportion. I still can’t believe it to this day. I was told by the press back then that the only reason there were so many people out there was because nothing was going on. I think they were pursuing Bin Laden and then that kind of died out, you know? So, I feel like I was the next Bin Laden. Just try to imagine; we have this family, doing what we do, experiments and inventions. This one just happened to go awry. So, I would say, on a scale of one to ten, this thing went to a twelve; out of proportion. I would’ve thought that it would have been covered by a local paper, if anything at all. It’s known as the ‘Balloon Boy’ incident by the media. They tag a cute little phrase onto it, try and regurgitate it and sell it.” – Meeting with Richard Heene, The Heene’s home, Dunnellon, FL, December 11, 2016 #marginsofexcess #maxpinckers

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Pinckers is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the arts at the School of Arts / KASK, Ghent. He has been internationally awarded and has exhibited at MOCAK in Poland, the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States and the Centre for Fine Arts – Bozar in Belgium, among others. In 2015 he founded the independent publishing house Lyre Press.

 

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@maxpinckers posting on @photoworks_uk from the book ‘Margins of Excess’ (2018) ● “In one of the articles that was publicized about me years ago, or maybe a couple of different articles, it said that I was an impostor. I never thought it was fair to say that I was an impostor because in order for me to be an impostor, basically, I would have to say I am impersonating someone else. And actually I wasn’t impersonating somebody else, I was impersonating myself. People have a way of, what is known as, stereotyping things, making it into their own kind of format. So, I says, if you want to call me an impostor, fine. But in actuality it’s still me. It’s not like you don’t know who I am because unfortunately I’ve been in trouble for the same thing over. Not that I’m really happy about it but I’ve been in trouble for it and you know who I am if you just google my name. So hey, it’s just something that happens.” – Meeting with Darius McCollum, Rikers Island Correctional Center, Manhattan, NY, December 27, 2016 #marginsofexcess #maxpinckers

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For more of Max’s work, visit his website here.