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Cédric VanTurtelboom, from series Noroc, 2009-2015.


When one thinks about it, what astonishes us about Cédric Van Turtelboom’s book Noroc is not, in itself, particularly extraordinary. The subjects that startle us are quite commonplace, albeit here exhibiting the slight differences that make them seem anomalous. It is Van Turtelboom’s eye – a sort of lightning rod for ambient incongruity – that is the catalyser for the scenes that transpire.
Cognitive dissonance is a constant in his photographs. Indeed, while we are not surprised when we don’t understand things that are remote from our experience, we are conversely made anxious by an enigma involving anything that appears to be familiar.
Van Turtelboom keeps us on a tightrope that traverses the fine line between what we believe we know and that which seems strange. He has the power to convince us to follow him despite our vertigo and the loss of any points of reference. By means of his photography, he warns us that the world’s logic is nothing but an optical illusion. The time has passed for judgement: now we need to learn how to live a nomadic life in a sensory no man’s land.

Jean-Marc Bodson

Cédric Van Turtelboom, Noroc
Selfpublished by Cédric Van Turtelboom.
Softcover with flaps wrapping the book.
170 x 224 mm.
86 pages full colour offset.
Edition of 550.
Design by –SYB.
Texts by Jean-Marc Bodson & Cedric Van Turtelboom.
ISBN 978-2-9601795-0-7.
Price: 30 €.


Cédric Van Turtelboom

Born 1984 in Brussels, Belgium.

Website: www.cedricvanturtelboom.com


Bachelor in Photography, School of Arts Le 75, Brussels, 2010.


2015: .Tiff_Fomu, Brakke Grond, Unseen photofair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5# Triennial of Photography & Architecture, La Cambre, Belgium

2014: Future Prison, Leuze, Belgium

2013: Prix Voies Off, screening at Rencontres d’Arles, France

Solo exhibition, My winter Holiday in Beijing, Galerie Satellite, Liège, Belgium

Prix Art Libre, la Médiatine, Brussels, Belgium

2012: SFR Jeunes Talents, Paris Photo 2012, France

Solo exhibition, Noroc, BlankPaper, Madrid, Spain

Solo exhibition, Noroc, Royal Theater of Namur, Belgium

Prix Médiatine, La Médiatine, Brussels, Belgium

I Say We, De Service Garage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Emergent Artists, The Private Space, Barcelona, Spain

2011: Young Belgian Art Prize, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium

Young Artist Award, Parliament of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Art Contest, Black Box Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2010: Un Monde Parfait, Biennial 7, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


2016: Noroc, book selected and exhibited, Festival Circulation, Paris, France

2015: .Tiff, FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

2013: Finalist, Prix Art Libre, Belgium

Finalist, Prix Voies Off, Arles, France

2012: Winner, Mediatine Contest, Brussels, Belgium

Finalist, Descrubimientos PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain

Winner, SFR Jeunes Talents, Paris Photo, France

2011: Finalist, Young Artist Award, Parliament of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Belgium

Finalist, Art’Contest, Brussels, Belgium

Winner, Pati de La Llotja, festival emergent, Lleida, Spain

Finalist, Young Belgian Art Prize, Center of Fine Art of Brussels (BOZAR), Belgium

2010: Finalist, Magnum Expression Award, Magnum agency