Women in Photography 2017 Exhibition
I am about to call it a day | Bieke Depoorter

“Bieke Depoorter traveled across the USA asking perfect strangers whether she could spend a single night in their homes. Short but intense encounters are important elements in the work. The openness with which she is welcomed and the intimacy that is shared with her, evoke intriguing moments. These intimate and unexpected situations gave rise to portraits of individuals, couples, and families. Depoorter intersperses them with landscapes. The images are atmospherically charged, some melancholic, some comical, some subtly menacing. They thread a fine line between a real and cinematic world.” – Maarten Dings

About Bieke Depoorter
Bieke Depoorter (b.1986) received a Master’s Degree in Photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Her early colour photography work is the result of a unique approach: she captures the privacy of people whom she meets by chance and she gets them to invite her into their homes. She captures indescribable, fragile and intense moments, always with kindness.

For the Ou Menya series, the young artist travelled in Russia, to remote villages, for three months, guided by the Trans-Siberian Railway. This work won her several awards, including the Magnum Expression Award in 2009. Her first book, Ou Menya, was published by Lannoo (Belgium) in 2011.

For I am about to call it a day, which was a similar long-term project, she went to the United States. A book of the same name was jointly published in 2014 by Edition Patrick Frey (Switzerland) and Hannibal (Belgium).

For Sète#15, a series made during an artistic residency for the Festival L’image Singulières, Depoorter explored the fine line between fiction and documentary for the first time. She made her first short film Dvalemodus in 2017, which she directed together with musician Mattias De Craene. The film talks about the everlasting darkness in a small village in Northern Norway. Depoorter recently completed her new book Who knows / Mumkin (October 2017), photographed in Egypt, where she tries to find trust in a country where the lack of trust predominates.

Depoorter joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2012, when she was 25-years old. She became a full member in 2016.


Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)