Bieke Depoorter installation at C/O Berlin
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.
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.