BerlinartBieke Depoorter installation at C/O Berlin

Bieke Depoorter installation at C/O Berlin

The exhibition “Bieke Depoorter. Agata / Michael” at C/O Berlin presents a striking installation with images, videos, and wall pieces from the past six years.

Bieke Depoorter (b. 1986, Belgium) spends years getting to know the subjects of her projects. These relationships redefine the power dynamics between her as the photographer and her protagonists—opening a window to observe people and their life stories without judging them for their choices.

Through the two biographies of Agata and Michael and the two projects based on them, Depoorter examines individual lives and touches on sociopolitical issues that are rarely shown. By including her photographic subjects in an intense and unfiltered collaboration, the young Magnum photographer allows viewers intimate access to their lives and the personal bond she has formed with them. 

In the case of Agata, an intense friendship developed over the years. With Michael, the photographer lost track of him a short time after they met. However, she received three suitcases full of personal notes, sketchbooks, and essays from him, and thus became deeply immersed in his thoughts and actions. This dialogic approach creates holistic works that are not merely photographic.

April 30 - September 9, 2022

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