ABOUT

Bénédicte Vanderreydt is a Belgian photographer graduated with honours from IHECS (MA II) in Brussels and then from the drama school Xavi Gratacos in Barcelona, she eventually deepened her knowledge in photography at Gobelins School in Paris.

For the past years Vanderreydt has been pondering over narration and explores fiction staging characters who belong to a sociological reality.

“Throughout her series of photographs Benedicte Vanderreydt explores different layers in the construction of female identity. From adolescence to adulthood, she shows the successive roles that women are able to embody : child, wife, mother , mistress, etc. Each of her projects meets a singular aesthetic where the place of the staging is strong, revisiting with cinematic images that will haunt the viewer for a long time. She questions and challenges the permanence of certain ancestral rites of passage in our contemporary society like the Carnival in her series ‘I never told anyone’. Social networks, family mythology and factual research are the starting point of her photographic reflection, but as a photographer she is not limited to the transcription of a reality but is constantly seeking to sublimate and interpret it. With her theatrical training her photographic work highlights the illusionistic power of masks, either on social media or those who adopt a mask at a carnival, (as the series of photographs ‘I never told anyone’ exposes). Being masked allows a character to become a silent link which is reminiscent of the paintings of Paul Delvaux.”

Héloise Conesa
Directrice du département Estampes et Photographie – BNF (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Paris)

Bénédicte Vanderreydt won the 2016 GRAND PRIX WINNER of Tokyo International Photography Festival Competition with her last series I Never Told Anyone and is third winner IPA for Fine Art category – 2016.

Her work has been exhibited widely with her most recent exhibitions being SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY at Gillman Barracks, LAGOSPHOTO FESTIVAL in Nigeria, FOCUSLA in Los Angeles and PHOTO 17 in Zurich.

Her previous work, film and photographs, I am 14, is part of the collections of MUSÉE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE de Charleroi in Belgium and BNF (Bibliothèque François Mitterrand) in Paris.
I am 14 installation was selected in SALON D’ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTROUGE for the 60th anniversary and has been internationally featured and exhibited.

SOLO SHOWS/

2020
MATER SEMPER CERTA EST, PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTRE NYKYAIKA, FINLAND

2016
I NEVER TOLD ANYONE, FOTOFEVER, GALERIE ARIELLE D’HAUTERIVES, PARIS

2015
I NEVER TOLD ANYONE, ARIELLE D’HAUTERIVES GALERIE, BRUSSELS

2014
I AM 14, ARIELLE D’HAUTERIVES GALERIE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

COLLECTIVE SHOWS/

2019
BENAKI MUSEUM, Athens Photo Festival, PhotoBook Exhibition, 2019, Greece
MUSEUM OF IRELAND, I AM 14 projection, 2019
BARRHAUS, ARTEFIERA, BOLOGNA, ITALY
IHECS – 60 Anniversary, HORTA, BRUSSELS

2018
GRAND PRIX FOTOFESTIWAL, POLAND
CCHA & MODEMUSEUM, FOREVER YOUNG FOREVER, BELGIUM
HOME, NAU BOSTIK, BARCELONE, SPAIN

2017
INDIAN PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, HYDERABAD, INDIA
ART’MAZONE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
FEMALE/FEMINIST, The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, CONNECTICUT, USA
BACKLIGHT FESTIVAL, TAMPERE, FINLANDE
FOCUSLA, LOS ANGELES
PHOTO17, ZURICH
GRAND PRIX WINNER 2016 – TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES GALLERY, NEW YORK

2016
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL AT GILLMAN BARRACKS
LAGOSPHOTO FESTIVAL, NIGERIA
OFF COURSE, GALERIE ARIELLE D’HAUTERIVES, BRUSSELS
ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM, BRAGA, PORTUGAL

2015
IMAGES DIALECTIQUES, MADRID, ESPAGNE
FESTIVAL TRANSIZIONI, BOLOGNE, ITALY
ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM, BRAGA, PORTUGAL
MUSÉE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, CHARLEROI, BELGIUM
SALON D’ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTROUGE, PARIS, FRANCE
TRAVERSE VIDÉO, TOULOUSE, FRANCE
FORMAT FESTIVAL, DERBY, ENGLAND

2014
LAGOSPHOTO FESTIVAL, NIGERIA
EL HAAL, STATE OF AFFAIRS, PICTURETANK & MASASAM, PERPIGNAN, FRANCE
MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE LILLE, FRANCE
SCHAU FESTIVAL, DORTMUND, GERMANY
NUITS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES, PARIS, FRANCE
BIBLIOTHÈQUE FRANÇOIS MITTERRAND, PARIS, FRANCE

2013
INSTITUT FRANÇAIS/GOETHE INSTITUTE JERUSALEM, HÉBRON, BETHLEEM, RAMALLAH
TRIBAFFF BRUSSELS ART FACTORY, BRUSSELS

AWARDS/

JULIA CAMERON – HONORABLE MENTION 2018
BLACKLIGHT PHOTOFESTIVAL REVIEWS 2017 – FIRST PRIZE
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2016 – GRAND PRIX WINNER
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2016 – 3RD PLACE WINNER – CATEGORY PRO FINE ART
PHOTOGRVPHY GRANT 2016, Nominee, Fine Art
PRIX PHOTOPHORE 2016 – HONOURABLE MENTION
EMERGENTES dst INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGAPHY AWARD 2014 – FINALIST
LA BOURSE DU TALENT 2014, PRIX COUP DE CŒUR

Publications/

FOTONOSTRUM, 2020, Issue 1, Spain
EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY, 2020, #105 Forty years anniversary issue
DER GRIEF, 2019, Guest editor Broomberg & Chanarin, Issue 12, Germany
DE MORGEN, 2017, 8 p., Belgium
DER GREIF, 2017, 1p., Germany
VOLKSKRANT, 2017, 3 p., The Netherlands
FEATURE SHOOT, 2017
FOTOPOLIS, 2017, Poland
TABI-LABO, 2017, Japan
DODHO MAGAZINE, 2016, Spain
L’ŒIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, 2016, France
OAI13, 2016, France
GUP, 2016, The Netherlands
BIRD IN FLIGHT, 2016, Russia
LA LIBRE BELGIQUE, 2016, Belgique
POLKA, 2016, France
GEO KOMPAKT, 2015, 3 p.,  Germany
STERN, web, 2015, Germany
CICERO MAGAZINE -9 pages- 2015, Germany I
UPP – union des photographes professionnels – double p.- sept 2014, France
FOTOFEINKOST VERLAG – 2014, Germany
LE VIF WEEKEND – double page – sept 2014, Belgium
VICTOIRE – Le Soir- sept 2014, Belgium

COLLECTION/

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, U.S.A
BNF – BIBLIOTHÈQUE FRANÇOIS MITTERRAND, PARIS, FRANCE
MUSÉE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE CHARLEROI, BELGIQUE