Bio / Artist Statement / CV


Contact Details

Name: Claire Dekens
Address: Alkenhoofseweg 35,
3520 Zonhoven, Belgium

Tel: 011 911 303
Mobile: 0468 29 65 79


Born in 1966, Claire Dekens discovered a way to express herself using photography at the age of 48. Dekens graduated at the SASK (Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) in Hasselt ( Belgium ).
In her ongoing quest of mastering the image, she enrolled into the Bachelor Visual Arts & Photography at the Luca School of Arts in Genk ( Belgium ). She put aside her job as a webdeveloper and became fulltime focussed at her new passion.
Dekens’ photography is mainly charactarized by it’s use of vivid colors. Her work of art consists of still life, sometimes in combination with self-portraits and portraits. It often references social themes and is humorous too at times.
Claire Dekens works and lives in Zonhoven, Belgium.

Artist Statement

You can use photography in different ways. You can make people think, confuse them or make them smile. This way you can create awareness with regard to social themes.

Claire Dekens’ projects have one thing in common. With the still lifes and/or (self) portraits, the photographer draws attention to a theme that most of us are confronted with in our contemporary lives. These are often themes such as environmental pollution, climate change or gender issues. Her work always deals with themes that are not only close to her heart, but that should also urgently receive more attention in our current society. Her research forms a solid foundation for her photographic projects. She sees her work as a silent form of activism.

The visual language Claire uses can be described as abstract. This means that the photos do not always tell explicitly what it is about. This way everyone can fill in a piece of his or her own story. Her use of color ensures that the work never becomes really gloomy, even when it comes to serious themes such as grief.


2022 – 2023   Expert Class Bookdesign (Cum Laude)
                        Plantin Instituut voor Typografie (Antwerpen)
2020 – 2022   Master Visual Arts / Photography (Cum Laude)
                        Luca School of Arts (Genk)
2017 – 2020   Bachelor Photography (Magna Cum Laude)
                        Luca School of Arts (Genk)
2012 – 2017   Fotokunst
                        Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Hasselt)


2022   Bookbinding – Tine De Souter
2021   Fashion Photography – Klaartje Lambrechts
2020   Bookmaking – Teun van der Heijden
2020   Virtual Vanity – Sarah & Charles
2019   Visual storytelling. Dissecting methodologies – Jan Rosseel
2018   Bas Losekoot
2017   Wetenschappelijk schrijven – Hilde Bijnens
2016   DOP - Nicolas Karakatsanis and Nils Valkenborgh
2014   Une seance avec... - Jerome Bonet


2023   Het gesprek – CCHA (Hasselt) (Upcoming: 10 Sept. – 10 Nov. 2023)
2022   Exit – CCHA (Hasselt)
2021   Try-out – Dommelhof (Pelt)
2021   Surviving Extinction – Complex Nature , Z33 (Hasselt)
2020   Weird is Wonderful, Wonderful is Weird – C-Mine (Genk)
2019   Lens op de mens – Overpelt
2019   #FotoCosaBa 6° edición – Madrid
2014   Nice to meet you – Part of the workshop with Jerome Bonet – Arles

Research Projects

2022   Het gesprek
2021   Shifting Grounds
2020   Invisible Women
2019   50°59’NB 5°23’OL


2023   Het gesprek – Self Published (Release date: 10 Sept. 2023, ISBN 9789464774160)


2019   Siena International Photo Awards 2019 – Shortlist
2019   #FotoCosaBa 6° edición – Madrid – Shortlist
2019   35 Awards 5th – 2nd stage