Bieke Depoorter at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

Monday, November 18, 2019
Bieke Depoorter at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

How close can a photographer get to the people they portray? What is their role with regards to their subject, and what responsibility do they assume? Bieke Depoorter’s artistic work is based on her relationships with people and her own position as a photographer. From November 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is showing the most comprehensive solo exhibition to date of the Belgian Magnum photographer’s work in Germany.

Image: Bieke Depoorter: LEBANON. Beirut. August 3, 2018. Agata. © Bieke Depoorter / Magnum Photos

 

How close can a photographer get to the people they portray? What is their role with regards to their subject, and what responsibility do they assume? Bieke Depoorter’s artistic work is based on her relationships with people and her own position as a photographer. From November 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is showing the most comprehensive solo exhibition to date of the Belgian Magnum photographer’s work in Germany. Comprising five series from 2015 to 2019, the exhibition presents the photographer, who was born in Belgium in 1986, as an artist at a turning point in her career.

 

Bieke Depoorter: LEBANON. Beirut. August 3, 2018. Agata. © Bieke Depoorter / Magnum Photos

 

Depoorter explores current social issues and questions her role as a photographer, as well as the limits of her medium, across five topical projects, some of which are ongoing. The points of departure are often chance encounters with people, some of whom she then accompanies for years, exploring how and whether one can capture a person through the means of photography, as well as how to achieve true collaboration. Her various journeys have taken her to Egypt, the USA, France, Norway, and Lebanon.

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