Kristof Vrancken lives and works in Hasselt (BE). His work has been published in national and international books and journals, and has been exhibited in Belgium and abroad. He studied photography at the LUCA School of Arts, where he has been teaching and researching hybrid media and experimental photography since 2008. Since 2019, he also coordinates the visual arts program at Campus C-Mine (Genk) of the LUCA School of Arts. In 2015, he started a PhD project in the research group Inter-Actions at the LUCA School of Arts. In his research project The Sustainist Gaze, Kristof searches for strategies to visualize and agitate against the Anthropocene. In doing so, he combines various disciplines including photography, biological and technical sciences and participatory design processes.
In his artistic work Kristof explores the forgotten in-between spaces. As a collector, he searches for subtle remnants of human activities, which he then exposes in his photographs. His reading and interpretation of the landscape leads to quiet yet intense images. In his most recent works Kristof uses nature not only as a subject, but also as an agency in his images. By developing tactile prints with local plant extracts, he strengthens the relationship between the physical landscape and the image. As a post-digital artisan he incorporates the entropically character as an integral part of the work. In doing so, he forces the viewer to rethink their relationship with time and nature.