Bertrand Cavalier explores the interactions between people and their environment. Exploiting photography’s ability to penetrate the tissue that binds individuals together and embeds them into their surroundings, he creates poetic renditions of singular moments, rather than objective documents of social phenomena. Cavalier’s images reveal how the socio-political order informs everyday life through architecture and the urban landscape. At the same time, however, his interest goes out to the process through which people restructure the space they navigate and make it their own. As such, his photography attests to those aspects of everyday life that creatively appropriate dominant ideology and in doing so, resist it.

Cavalier's series ‘Concrete Doesn't Burn’ has been published in 2020 by Fw:Books. In 2019, he received the Sébastien Van der Straten grant for his ongoing project The Grid System. His work has been published with Futures (European platform for photography), PH Museum, GUP magazine and was presented during Plat(t)form at the Winterthur Photography Museum. Cavalier exhibited at FOMU Antwerp, FRAC Orléans and BredaPhoto, among others.

Born in Tarbes, France, 1989. Works and lives in Brussels.
Contact: email / +32 (0) 488 056 091
Follow: instagram / facebook / newsletter


2016 - 2018Royal Academy for Fine Arts, MFA in photography, Antwerpen, BE
2010 - 2013School of Arts (Le 75), BA in photography, Brussels, BE


2020Concrete Doesn’t Burn published by Fw:Books


2021Nominee, FOAM Paul Huf Award, Amsterdam, NL
2019Shortlisted, Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant, IT
2019Selected for .tiff, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2019Winner, Sébastien Van der Straten Grant, BE
2019Participant, Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH
2018Nominee, International Photography Grant
2018Cosmos pdf award, 2nd place, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR
2015Fotofilmic’15, 2nd place, Vancouver, CA

Selected shows

2020Solo show w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, BIP, Beaux-Arts gallery, Liège, BE
2019Fotofinish w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, Rietveld Pavilion, Amersfoort, NL
2019Orléans Biennial w/ Space Between Us, FRAC, Orléans, FR
201931 Days of .TIFF w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2018BredaPhoto w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, biennial, Breda, NL
2018CBBF w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn curated by Nadia Bijl, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, BE
201845 Degrés, Mulhouse Photography Biennal, Mulhouse, FR
2017New Faces w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, Hangar 18 Art Center, Brussels, BE
2017Musée de la Photographie de Bruxelles / Museum van de Fotografie van Brussel, BE
2017Inter City One Night Only, Contemporary Art Center Extra City, Antwerpen, BE
2016Omber, Odradek & Octaëder, curated by Hans Theys, D'Apostrof gallery, Meigem, BE
2016Lost Narratives, Mayer Van Den Bergh Museum, Antwerpen, BE
2016Speaking in Tongues, w/ La Grotte, Biennale de l’image Possible (BIP), Luik, BE
2015Fotofilmic, travelling exhibition, New York, Vancouver, Seoul
2015Speaking in Tongues, w/ La Grotte, gallery Le Botanique, Brussels, BE
2015Dehors La Grotte, w/ La Grotte, Dehors Contemporary Art Window, Brussels, BE
2014La Jeune Création, Cent Quatre, Paris, FR
2014ManifestO, Cours Dillon, Toulouse, FR

Selected publications

2021Art Press n°488 w/ Concrete Doesn't Burn, text by Anne Immelé
2021Velvet Eyes interview w/ Ilias Lois
2021C41 Magazine w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn
2021Punto de Fuga interview w/ Laura Carbonell
2021Phases w/ Concrete Doesn't Burn
2020American Suburb X ‘Concrete Doesn’t Burn, it Crumbles.’, text by Brad Feuerhelm
2019FRAC Centre ‘Years of Solitude’, exhibition catalogue, text by Bram Van Beek
2019PH Museum, ‘Architectural Banality in Post-War European Cities’, text by Laurence Cornet
2019Futures, European platform for photography, interview
2019 GUP magazine, interview with Angelo Zinna
2019.TIFF magazine, Fotomuseum FOMU
2018ARPA journal 05, 'Contingent Objectives', Columbia University NYC, text by common room
2017The Belgian Platform for Photobooks interview by Stefan Vanthuyne w/ La Grotte collective, BE

Residency, talks, lectures

2021Residency, 6 months at Artwell, Amsterdam, NL
2019Lecture, HELB, Brussels, BE
2019Lecture, La Cambre Art School, Brussels, BE
2019Lecture, KASKA Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Antwerp, BE
2019Presentation, Belgian Night, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR
2018Lecture, .tiff talks, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2018Talk, BredaPhoto with Sybren Vanoverberghe, Joris Deleersnyder and Saskia Naafs, Breda, NL
2017Braakland residency, Speaking in Tongues, with La Grotte, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE

Public collections

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Centre-Val de Loire (FRAC Orléans), FR

Collective projects

2020 - ongoing Plateau, artist run-space
201845 Degrés with Fabien Silvestre Suzor and Massao Mascaro
2012 - 2018co-founder of the Brussels based artist collective La Grotte