Johan Opstaele (BE, º1954)

Black meets White sculpture, 1876 White and black opbergdozenSinds the summer of 2018, Black meets White by Johan Oberoi as a strong and recognizable image at the entrance to the Verbeke Foundation. On March 10, 2019, a heavy storm raged over the Waasland in Belgium. The 21 meter high artwork was blown down. A landmark disappeared. With a crowdfunding, Johan and the museum want to create the opportunity to rebuild the work. The work of art was built with the help of many volunteers. More than 1000 man-hours were needed to complete Black meets White. With a substantial contribution and limited financial injection, you can participate in the rebuilding of Black meets White.

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Johan Opstaele is visual artist and film maker. Since 2005 he focuses especially on video work in which he examines ‘ the moment ‘. Within this framework, he started a PhD entitled ‘ A la recherché du moment/Framing the moment ‘ in 2007.
His research starts by observing the movements of water, of plants and trees, to finally scan the body of man. He thinks  ‘moment’ is as important as ‘ narrative ‘, which according to him has a too large a role in our society, putting too much emphasis on cause and effect and too little on the ‘being’.