Bertrand Cavalier's work revolves around the notion of space. He investigates the interaction between people and their surroundings, particularly urban surroundings as they took shape in the age of modernism.
Cavalier's work shows, above all, how man and nature move in that built environment and affect it, thereby 'restructuring' it. His photographs are more sculptural translations of unique moments than objective documents of social phenomena. The objects and situations that he portrays are often recognizable and ordinary. The close ups used by Cavalier reveals, just as his presentation of the photographs does, the inherent structure of his subjects and how, as 'foreign objects', they break with the original order. In this way Cavalier emphasizes the various aspects of urban planning, including the unintentional, the 'mishap', as a quality that allows room for a subjective and personal use of the cities in which we live.
The common thread in Bertrand Cavalier's artistic thinking is his focus on the idea of ​​the physical sensation, understood as our ability to share ideas and thoughts in ways other than through objective, factual information. Physical sensation is about our inner self and what we have in common. Through our senses, we share 'tacit' but significant, universal knowledge.

Cavalier's series ‘Concrete Doesn't Burn’ has been published in 2020 by Fw:Books. In 2019, he received the Sébastien Van der Straten fund for his ongoing project The Grid System. His work has been published with Art Press, American Suburb X and C4 Journal among others. In 2019, he participated to Plat(t)form at the Winterthur Photography Museum in addition to exhibitions at the FOMU Antwerp, FRAC Orléans, BredaPhoto and BIP Liège. In 2023, he will be resident at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Born in Tarbes, France, 1989. Works and lives in Brussels.
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2016 - 2018Royal Academy for Fine Arts, MFA in photography, Antwerp, BE
2010 - 2013School of Arts (Le 75), BA in photography, Brussels, BE


2020Concrete Doesn’t Burn published by Fw:Books

Grants & Awards

2022Nominee, C/O Berlin Talent Award, Berlin, DE
2022 Flanders Art Fund
2021 Bourse d’aide à la création, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, BE
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

2023 Art Au Centre, Liège, BE (forthcoming)
2023 Bieler Fototage, Photoforum Pasquart, Bienne, CH (forthcoming)
2023 Atlas Chimérique, gallery Talmart, curated by Sara Anedda, Paris, FR
2023 Frontwindows occupation, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, FR
2023 Topographie Sensible, gallery Talmart, curated by Ariane Skoda, Paris, FR
2022Solo show, Madé gallery, Paris, FR
2022Group show: Chance is logical, tegenboschvanvreden gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2021Unseen fair w/ tegenboschvanvreden gallery, Amsterdam, NL
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, Antwerp, BE
2016Omber, Odradek & Octaëder, curated by Hans Theys, D'Apostrof gallery, Meigem, BE
2016Lost Narratives, Mayer Van Den Bergh Museum, Antwerp, 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

2023 Absys magazine, interview w/ Claire Contamine, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (forthcoming)
2022Mouvement n°115, cover and portfolio
2021Hapax Magazine curated by Iris Siking
2021C4 Journal text by Eugenie Shinkle
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

Residencies, talks, lectures

2023Residency 2-12, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, FR
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, FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2018Talk, BredaPhoto w/ Sybren Vanoverberghe, Joris Deleersnyder and Saskia Naafs, Breda, NL
2017Braakland residency, Speaking in Tongues, w/ La Grotte, FOMU, Antwerp, BE

Public collections

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

Collective projects

2020 - 2022 Plateau, artist run-space
201845 Degrés with Fabien Silvestre Suzor and Massao Mascaro
2012 - 2018co-founder of the Brussels based artist collective La Grotte