Charles Dekeukeleire was a Belgian film director, critic and writer. He was born in 1905 in the Brussels commune of Ixelles, to a Dutch-speaking family. Following from his activity as a film critic, he ventured his first short film at 22: Combat de boxe (1927), an avant-garde film poem inspired by the theories of Louis Delluc and Dziga Vertov. It was succeeded by a series of experimental films in which Dekeukeleire playfully explored how cinematic ‘reality’ is constructed. In these works, he experimented with various camera and editing techniques such as duplex prints and slowmotion, repetitions and fragmented images, disordering both the conventions of the camera and the spectatorial eye.
This collection traces Dekeukeleire's visual deconstructions, from his first experiment with form in Combat de boxe (1927) to his first narrative feature film Het kwade oog (1937), inspired by a story by Herman Teirlinck.