At work in Antwerp studio 2020

Biography

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Yves De Brabander, the Antwerp-based photographer and filmmaker whose training and initial achievements in fine art photography have more recently been complimented by a growing reputation as a fashion photographer.

Even in his initial bodies of work he often introduced vehemently sensual subject matter. Yet, the erotic is often shown as coexisting side-by-side with its own self-conscious reflection. In the particular staging and through odd domestic or other elements introduced into his images there is something that seems to be pointing us in the direction of recognising that the erotic fundamentally remains an unrealisable idea; that in trying to realise the ultimate image of the erotic, there is always some element of the realisation that will forever draw the reality back into the realm of Readers Wives. Sexuality may be normative and normalised and yet, simultaneously, this is what divorces it from the entirely cerebral form of excitement that seemingly simple images can produce.

Neither his fashion nor non-fashion works are easily placed into a single category. Drawing on art history, erotic traditions or the iconography of other media forms – such as cinema- they often have a narrative aspect built into their manifestation without ever being transparently illustrative or suggesting a singular reading.

In both his fashion photography and the works that exist more in the realm of photography as an artistic medium, there is a certain framing and tone that is cinematic. This is not surprising given that film often seems to inform his work, readily seen in fashion stories with titles such as ‘French Movies’. But, this is less in the sense of either being a means of reconstructing imagery from recognisable films or using the fashion shoot as a storytelling device – a photo-roman with good clothes – both of which approaches are now familiar territory within fashion’s canon. Rather there is something in Yves De Brabander’s work in which it is not that which is fully explained that is important but rather that which is not that forms a central part of its communication, operating at times, exactly like the kind of French cinema to which the title of a particular fashion series refers.

His work has been shown internationally in leading galleries and both his fashion and art photography has been published in leading international publications.

In 2011 & 2012 his contemporary interpretation of Saint-Sebastian travelled the world and was shown during the provocative group exhibition exploring the evolving interpretation of St. Sebastian from the Renaissance to the present. ", anchored by Titian's portrait from c. 1530, at both Art Basel Miami Beach (2011) and Edelman's Gallery NYC (2012)
(words by Ken Pratt, Trajector Art)

 

"A Belgian photographer that likes to capture emotion, honesty, and grit in his minimalist photos."
(Albert Smith - The Advocate, LA)

 

Exhibitions

2018 Geworfenheit Solo Show Cedric Jacquemyn showroom, Paris
2017 Shadows of Liberty Solo Show Cedric Jacquemyn showroom, Paris
2016 Here is no Border only Dust Solo Show Cedric Jacquemyn showroom, Paris
2014 Antwerp Art Group Show Ra Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
       
2012 Plains of native Rites Video Installation Cedric Jacquemyn showroom, Paris
  Up against it Groupshow Munch Gallery, NYC, USA
  The Almanac of the old Fish Solo Show Ra Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  Muted Beliefs Solo Show Cedric Jacquemyn showroom, Paris
  Night Groupshow Munch Gallery, NYC, USA
  Antwerp Art Groupshow WM Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
  Saint-Sebastian 1530-2011 Groupshow Edelman Arts Gallery, NYC, USA
       
2011 Saint-Sebastian 1530-2011 Groupshow Art Miami, Miami Beach, USA
  CUM by Stuart Sandford Groupshow VZ Gallery, London, UK
  To: Japan /Love, New York Groupshow/Auction Munch Gallery, NYC, USA
  Trajector Art Fair Groupshow TAUT, Brussels, Belgum
  ENTER #1 Groupshow Munch Gallery, NYC, USA
  Until the End Video ASVOFF, Paris, France
  Until the End Video Glashaus, Berlin, Germany
  Art 'n Bloom Groupshow Modo Bruxellae, Brussels, Belgium
       
2010 Instant. Fearless Project #2 Groupshow La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
  The Last Glacier (Cedric Jacquemyn) Solo Show Glazen Huis, Antwerp, Belgium
  Instant. Fearless Project #1 Groupshow Robert Goff Gallery, NYC, USA
       
2008 Ecce Homo Solo Show Galeria Pauza, Cracow, Poland
2007 Yves De Brabander (screening) Solo Show Barinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
2005 Accident at the Gym Solo Show Popi Café, Antwerp, Belgium
2004 Visions, Contemp. Male Photography Groupshow Bruno's, Berlin, Germany
       

"From Antwerp comes the minimalistic dormant boyroticism of photographer Yves de Brabander (…)
his goal through photography is to uncover an emotional momentum-snap of the model's inner feelings
through he channels through the style of the American snapshot-photographers in an updated and
contemporary aesthetic." (Justin Violini - Fearless, NY)

 

Interviews & Publications

2015 Art & Religion in the 21st Centry Dr. Aaron Rosen Thames & Hudson
2012 Works june 2012   MUNCH Gallery NYC Catalogue 2
2011 Modern Eros, Yves De Brabander Gene Ku Chin PPaper Fashon, TW/CN
  Works december 2011   MUNCH Gallery NYC Catalogue 1
       
2010 Picture This   DNA Magazine, Australia
  Editorial of the Month Ken Pratt Other Edition Publishers, UK
  Antwerp, dec 1947   Client Magazine, UK
  Spotlight: Yves De Brabander Albert Smith The Advocate, Los Angeles, USA
  French Movies   Show/Off Magazine, Belgium
  Artist Profile Yves De Brabander Justin Violini Fearless Project, NYC, USA
  Anvers, Fev 1947   Pref Magazine, France
  Yves De Brabander funky trasy si de vis   RGN, Romania
  In the Spotlight Yves De Brabander   Homo Neurotic, USA
  Cedric Jacquemyn & Yves De Brabander   Ninja Art Magazine, France
       
2008 interview on Ecce Homo Cracow Tomas De Soete Studio Brussel, Belgium (radio)
  Ecce Homo works Karolina Harazim Galeria Pauza Catalogue 2008
  Ecce Homo Projekt Zrealizowali   FOTO, Poland
  Krakow Gazeta    
  Spotkanie z autorami Ecce Homo kochac   SwiatObrazu, Poland
  Ekscentryczne Ecce Homo   MM, Poland
       
2007 Les Mysterieuses   Pref Magazine, France
  Naked Ambitions, Yves De Brabander   Global Art Exhibit #2, USA
  This is a Man's World Luc Peeters de FOTOgraaf, Amsterdam
2006 De man van Yves De Brabander Thijs Demeulemeester Knack Weekend, Belgium
  Visions   Maenner Aktuell, Germany
  Visions Contemp Male Photography   Bruno Gmuender Verlag
2005 Man fotografeert man   Elle Magazine, Belgium
2004 De Dromer, Yves De Brabander   Zone03, Belgium
       
Selfportrait in Antwerp studio 2020