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Pierre Liebaert, from series "Libre maintenant", Brussels, 2014

Pierre Liebaert invites us to a strange in-camera.
The models who replied to his ad wanted to pose in the intimacy of closed doors, as if this face to face with the photographer whom they knew nothing about was the one thing they had been waiting for.

No other desire than to be in front of him, to be contemplated, exposing themselves before the camera and transgressing a norm their public life or private situation seem to impose on them. The resulting photograph is for them but a document bearing witness to this, a “photograph as proof”, an image of their momentary freedom.

This burlesque confessional produced photographs permeated with great solitude; a sad carnival of naked bodies reminding of recumbent statues, the mask protecting them from themselves. Opting for the gaze of the photographer rather than the psychologist’s couch, they leave light hearted, having unburdened their secret onto the one who will remain its sole depositary.
Pierre Liebaert rediscovered the essence of photography, of the relationship between model and photographer, exacerbating the notion of power it infers in this desired submission.

Xavier Canonne

Pierre Liebaert’s work received a Mention from the jury of the “2014 Artists’ Propositions” contest at Contretype.

Pierre LIEBAERT. Born in 1990 in Mons (Be). Graduated from Art School « Le 75 » in 2011, Photography. Since 2013, he’s studying books binding.
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.

Exhibitions (selection):

Libre maintenant at Photography’s Center Contretype Brussels

IN/OUT’s mission exhibition at the Museum of Photography Charleroi

Macquenoise at the Gwin Zegal’s art center Guincamp

Libre maintenant at Vol de nuits photographic gallery Marseille

Libre maintenant for Les nuits photographiques #4 Paris

IN/OUT’s mission (work in progress) at the Fine arts museum of Mons Mons

Macquenoise at Circulation(s)’s festival Paris

Macquenoise at gallery FOCALE Nyon

Macquenoise at Photography Museum Charleroi

Macquenoise in the Magasin de papier’s gallery Mons

Solo exhibition at ASBL L’L Brussels

Macquenoise at the Le lac gelé’s gallery Nîmes

Festival Les Boutographies, Montpellier

Festival Les nuits de Pierrevert, Pierrevert

Photobiennal Si loin, si proche, Marchin (Be)

Many screenings at International Festivals: Guanajuato, Pärnu, Austria, Espinho, Hamburg, London, Nijmegen, Paris ...

Publishing: Macquenoise - Le Caillou Bleu Publisher (Brussels), 2013

More about Pierre Liebaert's works at: www.pierreliebaert.com