Nele Van Canneyt is a visual artist living in Kortrijk (BE) who projects her dreamworld onto reality. In her photographic work, she frequently mirrors a silent reality in unstaged images. Her pictures evoke the dialogue between the inner world of thoughts and experiences and the visible reality.

Nele Van Canneyt often photographs in anticipation of the night, creating a transitional zone between day and night. As an avid traveller Nele has a vast archive of pictures, and in recent years she is combining photos from different locations in series. This reveals new and compelling connections between unrelated images. It’s evident that each and every image can be viewed separately, but just as with text or image fragments in a film, the meaning shifts due to context or the order in which we read the visual information.

Nele Van Canneyt has shown her work in several solo exhibitions such as ‘Worlds Inside, Outside’, ‘Stilled’ and ‘Moon’. In early 2021, she presented her most recent solo exhibition ‘Inner Land’ at the Museum of Bruges (Belgium).

Before the corona crisis, Nele found her inspiration mainly abroad. Through the pandemic she discovered her own country Belgium, which resulted in the ongoing series 'Inner Land’.

Nele initially studied Journalism & Communication Management at Artevelde University College in Ghent, followed by a Photography degree at Sint-Lucas Academy / LUCA School of Arts Ghent.

In 2021 she published her first book publication 'As if the day never existed' (more information => contact)



'The images emerge from a search for a seductive darkness and an uncanny silence. They try to give shape to insoluble mysteries and inexplicable feelings. The characters in the photos seem elusive, like for instance the figure of a man staring into a pitch-dark emptiness, or a woman wandering on an illuminated path in a feverish night. They are all mortal beings with their own thoughts, feelings and desires. They seem lost. They are bodies with invisible eyes. Some of them seem to be gazing at a particular place that remains out of our field of view. They move discreetly, as if they could disappear within themselves or their environment at any moment. Her imagery shows us the other whom we can never know or understand, the other as stranger, the other as an inaccessible being. This awareness has been touched upon, among others, by the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas in his publication 'Totalité et infini' (1961). The photographs not only reflect this awareness but also accept that very inaccessibility; they embrace it. This incomprehensibility is the common thread that underlies Nele Van Canneyt’s visual language.' - Sofie Crabbé