Ritchie Sedeyn is a professional photographer, working as a company documentary photographer. His work is digital and takes him to the farthest corners of the world. By becoming professional, he longed for a slower process like the 1851 wet plate collodion process. Since 2015 Ritchie got back to drawing and since shortly painting and sculpting.
Ritchie Sedeyn (°1980, Ghent, Belgium) makes photos and mixed media artworks. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Sedeyn creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found. The work is aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral imagery is used.
His photos focus on the inability of communication which is used to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content and the dysfunctions of language. In short, the lack of clear references are key elements in the work. By investigating language on a meta-level, he tries to grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, lots of ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface.
His collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for manoeuvring with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of photography: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. Ritchie Sedeyn currently lives and works in Antwerp.
Ritchie Sedeyn attended the Academie of fine art at Vilvoorde and is currently part of a Project Atelier at the Academie of fine arts of Berchem.
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