I am Ilja.

Based in Ghent, Belgium.

Working in project & production of art & culture.

Discovering and exploring the world around me whenever I can.


As for the outcome of my  personal projects,

I often combine different media such as self-published book or magazine with prints, text, collages, projections, negatives, dia, drawings, video, anaglyphs, digitally analog, on walls, online or in the public space...


My subjects tend to be ongoing and continuously evolving,

some might result in an EXHIBITION, PUBLICATION or a BOOK.




2019 "ON THE ROAD" @ Photographic Exploration Project during Berlin Photo

      Week, Germany

2019 "ABSORPTION"@ PDP Media Coference, Serbia with a series from the

      book "Where do we go from here?"

2019 "LENS OP DE MENS" festival, exhibition at Neerpelt, Belgium

2019 "DWARS" group exhibition of the book "Where do we go from here"

      Ghent, Belgium

2019 "LANDSCAPE" group show, Fotonale Brugge, Belgium

2018 "TRAVELERS" group exhibition at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens,



      Photography) group exhibition at Milano Photo Week, Italy

2018 "NOSTALGIA" group exhibition. The series explores the nostalgic  

      value of images, exhibited at "More is More" Sint-Niklaas,                   Belgium

2018 “PLAY” group exhibition at the Fotonale Exhibition Brugge,  


2017 "IN MY NATURE" group exhibition: Some photos from this series  

      were exhibited at “Land Van Fotografie” The series examines the  

      relationship between man and nature in the New Human Age. The

      images show humans in interaction with nature. An indirect,

      unthoughtful, subjective relationship with nature. Nature is

      always there, unnoticed. We always leave a trail, very  

      noticeable. Unconsciously altering what previously existed. It is  

      an attempt to put the observer in another perspective and to  

      create a different sense of connectivity.

2016 "Echo's uit de wijk" guerilla street exposition in the streets of


2015 Exhibition of the project "Métro-Boulot-Dodo" @ De Pastorij, 





2020 A5 Magazine print issue #36, Portfolio edition with collages from the

     book “Where do we go from here?”

2020 Selection for Altiba-9 magazine with a collage

2019 PDP Media Conference Serbia XI "Absorption", Second prize with

     a series from the book “Where do we go from here?"

2019 "Athens Photo Festival" shortlisted Athens, Greece

2019 Selection for the Kyiv international festival of photo books

2019 Photographic Exploration Project online publication

2017 "LET IT SNOW" Online publication @ RAW Street Photograpy

2017 SHOOT MAGAZINE #56 (printed publication)A series about “Street


2017 EISA MAESTRO 1st Belgian prize (European competition) Awarded the

      first Belgian prize and shortlisted for the European part of the 

     “Eisa Maestro” competition with a series of 8 photos.

2017 "Nocturnal" exhibition select with honorable mention @ PH21 Gallery,  

      Budapest, Hungary



BOOKS & MAGAZINES (self-published)


2020 “...THEN YOU CAME ALONG...” how an accidental encounter can shape the 

      course of one’s life.     

2019 "WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?" Reply to a letter unwritten. Thoughts on 

      what was about to be. Before the end. Where do we go from here?

2016 “BURNOUT” (exhibition & book) 50 days, 50 nights, 50 days of night
      50 nights of darkness, 50 nights of artificial, 

      light, electricity, night light, light&darkness, questioning

      light, composition, research, process, 

      filter, focus, colour, suggestion, electric

2015 “BANALITé BELGE” (self-published magazine) Is about those things that

      we Belgians experience as normal, mundane, part of the everyday life,

      and which I consider to be an interesting aspect of our culture and 


2015 “MéTRO-BOULOT-DODO” (group exhibition & self-published) A French 

      expression referring to the loss of consciousness during the daily 

      routine and tasks. Work, commuting, sleeping, eating and the same

      thing all over again. I have always been fascinated by this




Suggestive, impulsive, fragmented, frequently focused on people and social themes. A calculated coincidence and an unconditional commitment to the moment unites most of my work. My creative journey quickly evolved into a means of self-reflection & expression. Driven by curiosity, inspired by people and their environment. Photography allows me to get closer, to dissect the structures around me into comprehensive stories and perspectives. This view from a different angle pushing me to discover and reflect, draws me in and keeps me passionate.

Some examples of personal exhibitions, work, publications, art productions, ...

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