My work starts from personal memories, anecdotes, experiences. 

These often take place within the framework of architecture and the urban environment. 

Architecture in the broadest sense: the house where we live, the space in which we move, in which our thoughts are shaped.


I am very sensitive to the energy of a site, a building, a room. An energy that exists only thanks to its past and its experience in the present. I am particularly attracted to places where signs of modernity coexist with older signs, revealing a new aesthetic.

It takes time to experience a place. In my pictures, I try to show not only the obvious appearance of a place, but also the mental space it reveals. Therefore, human presence is mostly left out.

In addition, there is always the interest in the specificity of photography as a medium.

I like to involve so-called coincidences or technical defects that appear on my way and I often see them as an indispensable element to the story. It gives me the opportunity to question the intensity of photography and thereby to put it into perspective.


In my work, both analogue and digital photography are combined, as well as moving images.

Ilse Liekens, 1974, lives and works in Antwerp.



2014    ATC – artist trading card - group exhibition for charity: refugees of Bredene, Antwerp.

2011    Teachers Academy of Fine Arts, Lier.

2010    Solo: Bar Nadar, Antwerp.

2008    Screenworlds, Contemporary photography in Flanders, Flemish Parliament, Brussels.

2007    Solo: Open Opera, images of the renovation,, Antwerp.

2004    Fragments / Frammenti, Fotomuseum A’pen as a guest in Academia Belgica, Rome.

2002    Laureate Prix Mediathine, CC Woluwe-Saint-Lambert.

1998    Promen’art, CC Hamme.

1998    Laureate Prix National de la Photographie, Museum of photography, Charleroi.

1997    Spring, Queen Fabiolahall, Antwerp.


2008        Het gebeurde achter de schermen. Geschiedenis en renovatie van de opera in Antwerpen

2008        Screenworld's, Photography Museum Province of Antwerp, Lannoo.

2007        La damnation de faust, Flemish opera program book.

2005-now  Architectural publications in magazines such as 'de Architect, A+, dezeen'

2008          Stephan Schöning, release 01, Art Book Foundation.

2012          XX Models, young belgian architecture, Bozar books.

2011          Journal de L'Adc, Geneva, publication on the work of Jan fabre-studio.

2010          Architecture in Flanders, yearbook edition 2010, Vai.

2005-'07    Various publications of the Flemish operahouse.

Freelance photography  (selection)

2012-'19  In-house photographer for B-architecten.

                Photography with focus on architecture and interior: Hub, Stephan Schöning, ABC house, ..

2011        Reportage studio Jan Fabre / Troubleyn, for Journal de L'Adc, Geneva.

2010        Architecture assignment for Flemish Architecture Institute, Yearbook Architecture 2010.

2008        Reportage book Stefan Schöning, designer of the year: studio and location work.

2005-'07  Photography commissioned by the Flemish Opera with regard to the renovationwork of the building: before, during and after the work.

2004        Participation in the preparation for the opening of the Museum of photography, Antwerp.


Teaching photography (current)

2010-now   Lecturer photography, Academy of Fine Arts, Lier.


1993-1997 Master of Fine Arts, photography departement, Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

1998-2000 Teacher education, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.


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