Dominique Stroobant

Born in 1947, Antwerp, Belgium.
Lives and works in Miseglia di Carrara, Italy.
 
1966-70
Pupil of Stan Hensen and Jean Guiraud at St. Luc, Brussels.
Mainly carves stones from Soignies recuperated from demolitions among which a lintel weighing 15 tons of the door of Berchem (Brilschans); Children call it an “Elephant”.
 
1970-71
State grant for Carrara where he has been living since then.
Meets Kenneth Davis with whom he conceives the first “Floating Stone”.
 
1972    
First lithophonic experiments.
 
1973    
Meets the painter Jef Verheyen with whom he will conceive marble works.
 
1975    
“World’s biggest granite stamp” for Wout Vercammen.
 
1976    
Film and videotape “Behind those stones”, an essay about antiauthoritarian use of stone with Dirk Van den Eynde.
Contributions of Matthias Hietz, Karl Prantl, and the quarry workers of the "Lega Cavatori di Torano".
 
1977
Constructs his first “Pinhole Camera” as a sunshine-recorder with exposure times of few hours, till six months.
Further he builds cameras of various shapes and sizes from 35 mm till emulsions of 10 m. length (Genève, 1982).
Wins the Eugène Baie award of the province Antwerp for sculpture.
 
1978-81
Water line “The three roses”, Collection Knauf, Liége.
 
1979
Organises an international competition for a memorial for the victims of fascism, together with Otorino.
Tonelli and Egidio Marino and on behalf of the FIAP of Carrara.
 
1981
Meets Max Bill for the first time through Marc Hostettler.
 
1983-86
Founder of Esagono Snc with SGF Scultura for the realization of “Kontinuität” by Max Bill, commissioned by the Deutsche Bank.
 
1987    
First contacts with Eric Renner and Pinhole Resource.
 
1988    
Creates a memorial for the victims of Marcinelle inside the site of the coal mine, sponsored by an association of Italian coal mine workers.
 
1990
Designs and constructs pinholes and pinhole mounts for the “Caravana obscura” (a van transformed into a mobile camera) by Veronique Massinger and Christine Felten.
Becomes the first user on the occasion of  “Antwerpen-Haarlem”, celebrating the fifth centenary of Frans Hals.
 
1991
Collaborates with the Biselli spa company in Carrara, with whom he has worked for 20 years, to make “Steps without end” or “Prinzip Hoffnung”; a memorial by Max Bill, dedicated to Ernst Bloch, in Ludwigshafen.
 
1993    
Contributes to the essays publicised in Zwischenzeit, "Camera obscura in dialog", book and exhibition organised by students of three universities: Siegen, Bielefeld, Saarbrucken.
 
1994
Meeting with Jean Gimpel and Tiziano Mannoni.
 
1999-2004
Co-curator of “Torano Notte e Giorno”.
 
2000
SGF Scultura – “I Quaderni della scuola di Torano”.
 
2002
Meets Roland Bechmann, l'auteur sur Villard de Honnecourt.