Bertrand Cavalier explores the interactions between people and their environment. Exploiting photography’s ability to penetrate the tissue that binds individuals together and embeds them into their surroundings, he creates poetic renditions of singular moments, rather than objective documents of social phenomena. Cavalier’s images reveal how the socio-political order informs everyday life through architecture and the urban landscape. At the same time, however, his interest goes out to the process through which people restructure the space they navigate and make it their own. As such, his photography attests to those aspects of everyday life that creatively appropriate dominant ideology and in doing so, resist it.

Cavalier's series ‘Concrete Doesn't Burn’ will be published in 2020 by Fw:Books. In 2019, he received the Sébastien Van der Straten grant for his ongoing project The Grid System. His work has been published with Futures (European platform for photography), PH Museum, GUP magazine and was presented during Plat(t)form at the Winterthur Photography Museum. Cavalier exhibited at FOMU Antwerp, FRAC Orléans and BredaPhoto, among others.

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

Awards
2019 Shortlisted, Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant, IT
2019 Selected for .tiff, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2019 Winner, Sébastien Van der Straten Grant, BE
2019 Selected for Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH
2018 Nominee, International Photography Grant
2018 Cosmos pdf award, 2nd place, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR
2018 Winner Academy year, photography, Royal academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, BE
2015 Fotofilmic’15, 2nd place, Vancouver, CA

Books
2020 Concrete Doesn’t Burn published by Fw:Books (forthcoming)

Public collections
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Centre-Val de Loire (FRAC Orléans)

Residency, talks, lectures
2019 Lecture, HELB, Brussels, Belgium
2019 Lecture, La Cambre Art School, Brussels, Belgium
2019 Lecture, KASKA Royal Academy for Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
2019 Presentation, Belgian Night, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, FR
2018 Lecture, .tiff talks, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2018 Talk, BredaPhoto with Sybren Vanoverberghe, Joris Deleersnyder and Saskia Naafs, Breda, NL
2017 Braakland residency, Speaking in Tongues, with La Grotte, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE

Collective projects
2018 45 Degrés with Fabien Silvestre Suzor and Massao Mascaro
2012 - 2018 co-founder of the Brussels based artist collective La Grotte

Selected shows
2019 Fotofinish w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, Rietveld Pavilion, Amersfoort, NL
2019 Orléans Biennial w/ Space Between Us, FRAC, Orléans, FR
2019 31 Days of .TIFF w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2018 BredaPhoto w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, biennial, Breda, NL
2018 Cook it, Boil it, Bake it or forget it w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn by Nadia Bijl, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, BE
2018 45 Degrés, Mulhouse Photography Biennal, Mulhouse, FR
2017 New Faces w/ Concrete Doesn’t Burn, Hangar 18 Art Center, Brussels, BE
2017 Musée de la Photographie de Bruxelles / Museum van de Fotografie van Brussel, BE
2017 Inter City One Night Only, Contemporary Art Center Extra City, Antwerpen, BE
2016 Omber, Odradek & Octaëder, curated by Hans Theys, D'Apostrof gallery, Meigem, BE
2016 Lost Narratives, Mayer Van Den Bergh Museum, Antwerpen, BE
2016 Speaking in Tongues, with La Grotte, Biennale de l’image Possible (BIP), Luik, BE
2016 Fotofilmic, Space 22, Seoul, KR
2015 Fotofilmic, The Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, CA
2015 Fotofilmic, Sous les Étoiles gallery, New-York, USA
2015 Speaking in Tongues, with La Grotte, Le Botanique gallery, Brussels, BE
2015 Dehors La Grotte, with La Grotte, Dehors Contemporary Art Window, Brussels, BE
2014 La Jeune Création, Cent Quatre, Paris, FR
2014 ManifestO, Cours Dillon, Toulouse, FR
2013 WALK 2, In between gallery, Brussels, BE

Selected publications
2019 FRAC Centre ‘Years of Solitude’, exhibition catalogue, text by Bram Van Beek
2019 PH Museum, ‘Architectural Banality in Post-War European Cities’ text by Laurence Cornet
2019 Futures, European platform for photography
2019 GUP magazine, interview with Angelo Zinna, Concrete Doesn't Burn
2019 .TIFF magazine, Fotomuseum FOMU, Antwerpen, BE
2018 ARPA journal 05, 'Contingent Objectives', Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, NYC
2017 The Belgian Platform for Photobooks interview by Stefan Vanthuyne w/ La Grotte collective, BE
2017 Der Greif - Guest Room curated by Charlotte Cotton
2017 Seasonal on Landscape Stories, « altered landscape »
2017 Turning photography, with La Grotte, Venice biennale
2017 FACETTES, ensemble !, réseau 50°nord, with La Grotte
2015 Radio interview, musiq3 by Pascal Goffeaux
2015 Public school for architecture Brussels, book cover, published by common room
2015 Calamita/à project
2013 Of the afternoon, issue 03
2014 Interview, Actuphoto.com
2012 La Grotte #1, self-published by La Grotte