Bertrand Cavalier (1989) is a French artist based in Brussels. His work revolves around the notion of space. Through the use of photography, video and specific scenography, he investigates the relationship between Man and his surroundings, in particular the urban environment as it took shape in the age of modernism.
He develops projects which suggest a friction between rational and emotional behaviors, aiming to question our relationship to objectivity and subjectivity. 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.
Cavalier's photographs and videos 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. Conceived as close up images, the latter reveal, just as his exhibitions 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.
Bertrand Cavalier received his MFA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in 2018. He exhibited at FRAC Orléans, BIP Liège, FOMU Antwerp and Photoforum Pasquart during the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography. His work has been awarded by the Sébastien van der Straten fund. He published ‘Concrete Doesn't Burn’ with Fw:Books in 2020. His work can be seen at Art Press, American Suburb X, C4 Journal and Mouvement, among others. In 2021, he participated in the residency Artwell Amsterdam and the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris in 2023.