Robberecht didn’t attend filmschool but chose to learn film making by self-discovery. He set off to Congo where he lived for half a year in a small village in the Congolese rainforest to make his first independent movie Peer Gynt. Robberecht’s films and photography are characterised by a magical universe wherein time, people and the places he gets to know along the way turn into fictional entities.
Over the past few years, Michiel Robberecht has lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Eritrea to write and work on his films. During his stays he immersed himself in the world his stories are set using photography as an important writing tool. His pictures emerge out of spontaneous experiences and encounters with friends and what people and places reveal to him. But often the scene’s true nature is only unveiled after its captured. A friend becomes a character, a barber shop a mystic refuge and a passer-by a ghost. These mirages feed Robberecht with stories he uses in his films and writings. Shelters gathers the images and stories found in a quest for connection through imagination. Consciously avoiding snapshots of strangers and rather portraying the life of friends and actors, the pictures are born in between documentary and fiction. They are like shelters that can only exist in the mystic space between hiding and revealing.