What does it mean to belong somewhere? After years of shooting documentaries in remote areas of conflict, he is now concentrating on his compatriots, the people with whom he belongs, the people with whom he should be.
Gerbehaye doesn’t look at Belgium per se. He looks at people and sees tenderness, fear, despair and consolation. He sees uncertain times, sorrow for what has been lost and fears for the future. In D’entre eux, he looks for the truth, the weight of which can be hard to bear. The photographer depicts how we work, play, celebrate and wait, how we manage to carry on and who we love. He observes his countrymen as one of them and asks the viewer to do the same. With gentle insistence, he places us among them. Or is it among ourselves?
Cédric Gerbehaye (BE, 1977) is a documentary photographer and a member of l’Agence VU. He is the author of several long-term projects including Congo in Limbo (the Democratic Republic of Congo), Broken Hopes (Middle East) and Land of Cush (South Sudan).
The exhibition D’entre eux is a collaboration between FoMu and Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture. The exhibition will move to Mons later, from 07.11.2015 to 03.01.2016 at Salle Saint-Georges, Grand Place, 7000 Mons.
A book of the same name is being launched by publishers Le bec en l’air éditions to coincide with the exhibition. The book is available at the museum shop and costs 38 euros.
Curators: Rein Deslé and Joachim Naudts