Jim Campers. Forward Escape Into the Past

De Brakke Grond
From 15 September to 13 October 2018, the Brakke Grond presents artist Jim Campers’ (Antwerp, 1990) first solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Countercultures from the 60s and 70s form important themes in his work, alongside isolation from society and returning to nature.


Forward Escape Into the Past presents two projects by the Antwerp-based artist Jim Campers. In a newly created scenography, alternative scenarios and new connections emerge between the series Let’s Kill the Moonlight and Intranaut.

Campers approaches these photography series as archives from which to shape different exhibitions or projects. Some of the photographs are reminiscent of illustrations from travel journals or scientific publications, other images refer to advertising photography or are rather visual, sometimes abstract, experiments. They form the fragments of an ever-changing narrative.


“In my work, among other things, I explore the archaic revival in which mankind has evolved into a more primitive existence, and the ever-forward process of complex change in our technological society has been broken.”

After the first presentation at M-Museum Leuven, Campers installs a diptych in the Brakke Grond. For this exhibition he devised a scenography reusing old exhibition walls, including any wear and tear.  The reusing of walls mirrors the lifestyles of Drop City residents, an autarkic, utopian movement based in Colorado. Living as hunter-gatherers they created their utopian community using locally sourced materials.

Video credits

  • Director and edit: Taatske Pieterson
  • Camera: John Treffer
  • Commissioned by Brakke Grond
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