Belgian Autumn,
Jan Rosseel

Selected-Photobooks, Truths, Facts, Fiction, Lies

South Studios
27/28 New Row South,
Dublin 8

Opening: 6pm Sat 5 July
Dates: 3-13 Jul
EXTENDED to Sun 20th July
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12-6pm

Belgian Autumn,
Jan Rosseel

In the beginning of the 1980’s Belgium was shaken by a series of violent robberies, committed by a group of unknown criminals referred to as ‘The Gang of Nivelles’. Reaching its nadir in 1985, in all, twenty-eight people lost their life. My father was one of them.


The excessive violence used by the gang, was out of all proportion to the modest loot of €175,000. In spite of a thorough police investigation, a file of almost three million pages, witness accounts and found evidence the perpetrators were never apprehended. This period of terror and violence will remain one of the darkest in the pages in Belgian history. According to the Belgian law the case will be closed in 2015. Based on long-term research, investigation and interviews, this is a quest for a history leaving more questions than answers. Fact and fiction are intertwined in a confabulated history written by borrowed memories that become our own.


Talk: Jan Rosseel on Belgian Autumn, 2pm Sun 5 July, Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2