Bieke Depoorter (°1986, Belgium) received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. Three years later, when just 25 years old, she was made a nominee of the photo cooperative Magnum Photos, where she was named a full member in 2016. Depoorter has won several awards and honors, including the Magnum Expression Award, The Larry Sultan award and the Prix Levallois. She has published four books: Ou Menya, I am About to Call it a Day, As it May Be, and Sète#15. She worked together with Aperture, Editions Xavier Barral, Edition Patrick Frey, Lannoo, Hannibal and Le bec en l'air to publish these books.

The relationships Depoorter establishes with the subjects of her photographs lie at the foundation of her artistic practice. Accidental encounters are the starting point, and how these interactions naturally develop dictates the nature of Depoorter’s work. But several recent projects have been the result of Depoorter questioning the medium. In As it May Be, she gradually became more aware of her status as an outsider, both culturally and as a photographer. So, in 2017, she revisited Egypt with the first draft of the book, inviting people to write comments directly onto the photographs. In Sète#15, and also Dvalemodus, a short film she co-directed, she began to see her subjects as actors. Although she portrayed them in their true environments, she tried to project her own story onto the scenes, fictionalizing the realities of her subjects in a way that blurred the lines between their world and hers.

In the ongoing project Agata, a project about a young women Depoorter met at a striptease bar in Paris in October 2017, she explores her interest in collaborative portraiture. It’s an example of Depoorter’s interest in finding people that can work with her in telling a story. These stories are always partially hers, and partially theirs.



22.11.2019 - 16.02.2020 - SOLO - NRW Forüm Düsseldorf, DE
07.12.2019 - 16.02.2020 - Because the night - Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH


29.03.2020 - 16.08.2020 - De Nacht - De Warande Turnhout, BE



    The body observed: Magnum Photos - Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK
    Qut Art Museum, Brisbane, AU


    SOLO - FOMU Antwerp, BE
    Magnum Manifesto - Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, Munich, DE
    Cortona on the Move, Cortona, IT
    Magna Brava ongoing - Magnum gallery Paris, FR
    Woman in focus - National Museum Cardiff, UK
    Dvalemodus - Hong Kong international short film festival
    They defend our freedoms: 30 years of the Sahkarov prize, Strasbourg, FR
    They defend our freedoms: 30 years of the Sahkarov prize, Sofia, BG
    Magnum Gallery London, UK


    Livelab exhibition, Paris, FR
    SOLO - As it May Be - Photomuseum The Hague, NL
    SOLO - As it May Be - Prix Levallois exhibition at Galerie de L’Escale in Levallois, FR
    screening of Dvalemodus at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, CH
    Magnum Manifesto, ICP, New York, USA
    Tell me, how are you? - 80 days of Summer, Sint-Baafsabdij Ghent, BE
    Schaduwen - Bieke Depoorter and Ward Zwart Galerie 10A in Otegem, BE
    Screening of Dvalemodus and Sète#15 at MoMa, New York, USA
    Women seeing women at Staley Wise gallery, New York, USA
    Looking for America at Museum Hilversum, NL
    Galerie 10A in Otegem, BE


    Europalia, Bozar, Brussels, BE

    Artijuli, Senja, NO


    With Frederik Buyckx in the Bogardenkapel in Bruges, BE

    Europalia, Bozar, Brussels, BE

    Solo Snapshot 11/ Namaste Brugge, Folklore Museum Bruges, BE

    Solo Images Singulières, Sète, FR

    Artijuli, Senja, NO

    Void, Derry, UK


    Solo Freelens Gallery, Hamburg, DE

    International Photofestival of Istanbul, TR

    Solo Eubelius, Brussels, BE

    The Belgian Six - The word Magazine - Summer of Photography, Bozar, BE

    Images Singulières, Sète, FR


    This Infinite World, Set 10 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH

    Welt - Bilder 5 / World Images 5, Groupexhibition, Helmhaus, Zürich, CH

    The Other Hundred, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
    Magnum Gallery, Mannheim, DE

    Welcome to Life – Stationsplein, Sint-Niklaas, BE

    Smiles of African Mothers, Italian Cultural Institute, Addis Ababa, ETH (for CCM)

    Smiles of African Mothers, Turin, IT (for CCM)

    The Shadow of Tahrir, André Demedtshuis, Wielsbeke, BE

    Welcome to Life, Minnewaterpark, Brugge, BE (for Handicap International)

    Solo: Aller Retour, Budafabriek Kortrijk, BE (with Carl De Keyzer and Stephan Vanfleteren)

    Caïropolis, Sint Pietersabdij Gent, BE (with Harry Gruyaert, Filip Claus and Zaza Bertrand)

    In Thokoza - Of Soul and Joy, Ithuba Arts gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, SA


    The Flemish Sensibility, Flanders house, New York

    Solo: Ou Menya and I am About to Call it a Day – Sint Pietersabdij, Ghent, BE

    De plaatsen van het alledaagse. Photography and Architecture Biennale, La Cambre, Brussels, BE

    Welcome to life, Warandepark, Brussels, BE (for Handicap International)

    Solo: I am About to Call it a Day at Festival of Photography Ethics of Lodi, IT

    Solo: Ou Menya, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL


    Solo: Ou Menya, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL

    Solo: Ou Menya + book presentation in Gallery Ikono, Brussels, BE

    Photo Festival Menotrentuno, House of Traditional Works, Bitti, Sardinië, IT

    Galerie du Soir, Musée de la photographie, Charleroi, BE

    Exhibition with Tendance Floue at Les Rencontres d'Arles, FR

    De Grens/ La Frontière - Bozar Extras Muros, Vloesberg and Brakel, BE

    Birds of a Feather Flock Together, group show in CC Strombeek, BE

    In the Margin – Belgian Documentary Photography, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, BE

    Changing Places, Van Kranendonk Gallery, The Hague, NL

    Photo Festival Sète, Residency with Tendance Floue, Sète, FR

    Enter 4 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Enter 3 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Roger Raveel 9.02.2011 - Portrait of Roger Raveel for the exhibition 'De schilder, de duif en de dingen' – CC Strombeek, BE

    Sony World Photography Award: Global Tour exhibitions set to showcase in San Francisco, Mexico City, London and Shanghai.


    Enter 2 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Enter 1 - CC Strombeek, BE

    Kunstenfestival Watou 2010, BE

    Winner's exhibition Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes, FR

    Ou Menya in The Photo Academy Award – De Winkelhaak, Antwerp, BE

    Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty, group exhibition by Outlandish, Brussels, BE

    Ou Menya in The photo academy award – Photogallery Rotterdam, NL


    Onder anderen kijken naar verhalen – Koenseseverein, Amsterdam, NL

    Ou Menya in the photo academy award – Photomuseum Antwerp, BE

    Ou Menya in the photo academy award – Photogallery Groningen, NL

    The Magnum Expression Award, Magnum Gallery – St. Javits Centre, New York, USA

    Ou Menya in The Photo Academy Award – Photogallery Fotogram, Amsterdam, NL

    Ou Menya in The Photo Academy Award – Photomuseum The Hague, NL

    Final degree show KASK, Ghent, BE


    T.I.N + The Candidate States of the EU: Croatia and Macedonia – Gallery Marcus, Ghent, BE