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Bieke Depoorter

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Photograph by Bieke Depoorter

Image Title: Germaine, Neuilly Plaisance. 2018

Paper Dimensions (H x W): Approx. 34.8 cm x 47.2 cm

Image Dimensions (H x W): Approx. 30.8 cm x 43.2 cm

Medium: Fine Art Inkjet Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310 gsm

Year Created: 2018

Image Description: From the project "Agata." Germaine is the owner of the house in Paris that Agata squatted and lived in for a while. We have found Germaine's diaries and the seven urns of her dead cats; we drink wine out of her glasses, and with the help of a medium, we summon Germaine's spirit. Agata makes Germaine's life hers.

Photographer's Bio: In 2012, at the age of 25 Bieke Depoorter was made a nominee of the photo cooperative Magnum Photos, where she was named a full member in 2016. She has won several awards and honors, including the Magnum Expression Award, The Larry Sultan award and the Prix Levallois. She has published five books: Agata, Ou Menya, I am About to Call it a Day, As it May Be, and Sète#15. In 2021 Depoorter started her own publishing platform 'Des Palais', with Tom Callemin. The relationships Depoorter establishes with the subjects of her photographs lie at the foundation of her artistic practice. Accidental encounters are the starting point, and how these interactions naturally develop dictates what follows.

In her recent book Agata, Bieke Depoorter explores the complexities of the photographic enterprise, grappling with the relationship between photographer and subject.Through a collaborative working dynamic with a Polish woman she met in a Paris strip club, she creates a small alternate universe. In the project, all players involved are thrown under the microscope: photographer, subject, audience, and, of course, the medium itself.