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Belgian. Born in 1977. Lives in Brussels, Belgium.
2002 saw the beginning of his continued interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he tried to analyse the disappointment and revolt provoked by the failure of the Oslo Accords. He went on to do more reporting in Hebron and Gaza, then focused on the rampant economic and social crisis in Israel, before taking up the Kurdish question in Turkey and Irak.
In 2006 he was awarded two distinctions in the Prix Photographie ouverte from Charleroi Photography Museum. A year later his work “Gaza : pluies d’été” [Gaza: Summer rains] received special acclaim in the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.
For Cédric Gerbehaye, the act of photography is a way of seeking out not only the complexity of differing realities, providing evidence of them, and trying to understand them, but also of getting closer to others while informing, with a subjectivity he readily assumes.
Cedric Gerbehaye first important body of work; “Congo in Limbo”, is the result of several journeys to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has been going regularly since 2007. This work, which was published in a book (Published by E Center editions, 2008) and showed in many exhibitions, has earned him seven international distinctions, including a World Press Photo Award, The Amnesty International Media Award and the Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America.
Shortly after, he decided to work on South Sudan and his series “Land of Cush” was awarded the Prix SCAM Roger Pic in 2012. This same year, Cedric Gerbehaye is showing during the Saint Brieuc Photoreporter Festival, the first part of his new series on his homeland Belgium. He is also, as part of the 2013 edition of Sète photo festival ImageSingulières, an artist in residence in the city of Sète.
Congo in Limbo" is the photographic essay done by Cedric Gerbahye conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting from the time spent and his rigorous commitment. His viewpoint encompasses the complexity and intracies of an overlooked conflict. Le bec en l'air (2010) 232 pages 21,4 x 28,3 cm ISBN :2916073590
Signed book, in an edition limited to 30 copies, accompanied by an original edition. Texts: Benno Barnard, Caroline Lamarche, Olivier Mouton Editions : Le Bec en l'Air 20 x 26 cm 144 p Cardboard cover, canvas printing Bilingual French/Dutch ISBN 978-2-36744-083-5