Tom Woestenborghs (1978) is a visual artist who uses photographic images as a basis for collages. By mainly photographing himself, but also from magazines, videos and the internet, he collects and archives images that he uses later.
If an artist takes an existing image out of its context and uses it as a work of art, then he has a purpose in doing so. As an artist you raise a social issue for discussion.
'Woestenborghs' work appears to be photographic, but in fact they are collages, built up from many layers of self-adhesive plastic film. Trained as a painter, Woestenborghs switched to plastic film because this material has a brighter effect than paint. He shows his collages as 'paintings' but also as light boxes.