© GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Tom Dachs

Witness of time

In 2020, Mark De Fraeye donated his photographic archive to the King Baudouin Foundation, which is committed to safeguarding and preserving it, while AKG-IMAGES Berlin stored the physical archive and made it accessible to the public. “Witness of Time,” from which the images shown here were also selected, is an open project targeted at various museums and host institutions within and outside of Europe.

  • Opening Hours daily 10—18, Monday closed
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Es zielt darauf ab

It aims to establish a dialogue with different collections in different contexts, creating a conceptual framework that invites interpretation and reflection. Through poetry, imagination, engagement, and confrontation, it challenges viewers to engage and to question themselves. What am I doing here? What am I seeing? And what are these oft-random, whispering images and displaced, silent objects trying to tell me? "Witness of Time", is the synthesis of 50 years of photography.

© GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Tom Dachs
Ausstellungsansicht "Witness of Time"

Der Fotograf Mark De Fraeye (*1949)

The photographer Mark De Fraeye (b. 1949) was a professor of photography at the Sint-Lucas Hogeschool voor Kunst en Design in Antwerp, Belgium, for many years. Over time he specialized in visual anthropology, although he constantly sought new expressive opportunities for photography in his artistic work. At the same time, he continues to ask fundamental questions about the medium itself, exploring diverse themes such as the interaction between image and memory, the encapsulation of temporal experience, and the dichotomy of abstraction and tangible reality. For more than thirty years, Mark De Fraeye has travelled the world, at first primarily in Southeast Asia, later in Central Asia, and in recent years in Latin America.



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in Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut

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Museum für Völkerkunde Dresden

im Japanischen Palais

reich verzierte Holztür mit Fenster


in Residenzschloss

Münzen, Medaillen und Orden
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