Bart Ramakers is a storyteller. With his team of stylists, make-up artists and models, he depicts modern variants of ancient mythological themes in photographic scenes, often with double meanings and winks. He sometimes makes excursions into video and sculpture, but always returns to the sensitive plate, where he indulges in chiaroscuro and theatricality.
The central theme in all his works is connection. Ramakers reworks classical mythological and religious themes in the light of current events: gender issues, climate change and inequality, often with a nod to art history, but always with the emphasis on what connects us all: humanity, connection and solidarity. He wants to connect humans in his work, by his work and around his work. This theme also runs through the group exhibitions he has put together: “One big Family” (with Caroline Bouchard) in Alden-Biesen 2015 and “Hallelujah!” in Triamant Bree 2021.
“The world of the imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense”, Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb claimed, and it’s exactly that world that he wants us to reconnect with.
Bart has exhibited hundreds of times at home and abroad and published several books, including Revelations and the Bride Unveiled. He has also collaborated with artists such as Cecilia Paredes, Panamarenko, Tom Herck and William Sweetlove, to name but a few.