BELFAST, BT2 7EJ
Date: 2 - 30 June 2017
Times: Tue – Fri, 10:00 - 17:00
Pierre Liebaert invites us to a strange in-camera: a private process by which he has invited responses to an ad of his placing which required participants to pose nude for him. The models who replied to his ad wanted to pose behind the intimacy of closed doors, as if this face to face with the photographer whom they knew nothing about was the one thing they had been waiting for.
No other desire than to be in front of him,to be contemplated, exposing themselves before the camera and transgressing a norm, their public life or private situation seem to impose on them. By posing nude and masked, revealing imperfect bodies at odds with the standards of erotic photography, these men had nothing else in mind but to abandon themselves to the gaze of the other, to submit themselves to it. The resulting photograph is for them but a document bearing witness to this, a ‘photograph as proof’, an image of their momentary freedom.