Manders originally wanted to become a poet and write a self-portrait, but he quickly came up against the limitations of language. So he dreamt up a ‘self-portrait as a building’, an imaginary construction in which he went on to collect his works, ranging from drawings and spatial installations to monumental sculptures, and present them in ideal conditions. Many of Manders’ installations can be understood as ‘imagined poems’ or ‘poem images’, in which everyday logic has made way for a parallel reality. In terms of mood his installations often lean strongly towards the 19th-century Gothic aesthetic, of which the writer Edgar Allan Poe was a well-known representative.
year and place of birth: 1968, Volkel, The Netherlands
whereabouts: Ronse, Belgium