Entry Title: "I Never Told Anyone"
Name: Vanderreydt Benedicte , Belgium
Category and Expertise: Fine Art, Professional


Entry Description: This series explores the status of women through the prism of folklore myths. Seven images that tell the saga of women in my family ostracized by society. A time when only what people say was more important than self-realization. This story of women put under the extinguisher by social conventions has something universal. Binche (small town in southern Belgium) is the stronghold of my family and folklore in Northern Europe. This carnival is the only one in Europe that is genuinely attached to the most ancient sources of our countries. In the eyes of ancient myths, the woman has no say or, more precisely, nothing that can be said. Excluded from the ritual, the woman is excluded and reduced to a sexual and mysterious object. This is where the two stories intersect: the individual speech (family story) and the collective discourse (Myths and folklore). This aesthetic one, is a 'once upon a time' tale that reassures by displaying fiction. These are paintings made with some photographic technique whose often cruel accuracy is tempered through cinematic effects. Despite this heavy implementation, the choice of the still image is clear, even determined for its power and also probably for its ability of reminiscence.

About the Artist:

Graduated from the IHECS University in Brussels and then from the drama school Xavi Gratacos in Barcelona, Benedicte Vanderreydt eventually deepened her knowledge in photography at Gobelins School in Paris. For the past years Vanderreydt has been pondering over narration and explores fiction staging characters who belong to a sociological reality. She has developing the series, I am 14, amongst others, which deal with adolescence in Belgium, in Palestine and in Congo. This series has been selected in some fifteen international festivals and institutions including le Musee de la Photographie in Charleroi. Solo Show 2015 I never told anyone, Arielle d’Hauterives galerie, Bruxelles, Belgique 2014 I am 14, Arielle d’Hauterives galerie, Bruxelles, Belgique Collective shows 2015 Festival Transizioni, Bologne, Italie Encontros Da Imagem, Braga, Portugal Musée de la photographie, Charleroi, Belgique Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge, Paris, France Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France Format Festival, Derby, Angleterre 2014 Lagosphoto Festival, Nigéria El Haal, State of Affairs, Picturetank & Masasam, Perpignan, France Maison de la photographie de Lille, Lille, France Schau Festival, Dortmund, Allemagne Nuits photographiques, Paris, France Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Paris, France 2013 Institut français/Goethe institut, Palestine Award Prix coup de cœur de la Bourse du talent 2014, Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Paris, France Collection BNF Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, Paris, France