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"Our four-handed work has taken the form of stories exploring the representation of spirits and souls. Based essentially on the use of photography and video, these symbolic ensembles attempt to put in suspense our perception of reality and time, thus questioning our relationship to the world and the beyond."

Brodbeck & de Barbuat's projects take the form of stories articulated around the exploration of the notions of time and space-time. Urban or family solitude, existential wandering, their compositions want to capture the silent melancholy of the human kind in different ways, to translate the tenuous gap separating our existence from the dream world. This work is gradually nourished by video projects that present a reflection on the limit between moving and frozen images.  

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Duo founded in 2005
by Lucie de Barbuat (FR, 1981) and Simon Brodbeck (DE, 1986)
They live and work in Paris, France

 

Few key dates


2010 HSBC Prize for Photography and Vevey International Grand Prix of Photography, Nestlé Prize.
2013 Prix Jeune Création, Commissions for the Ministry of Culture, Education, and Aéroports de Paris.
2015 Graduates from the National Superior School of Photography of Arles.
2017 Solo exhibition Les mondes silencieux, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; Scholarship and residencie at the Villa Medici in Rome.
2019 First exhibition at the Galerie Papillon, with Fragments d'éternité.
2020-2021 Lauréat de la commande photographique nationale "Image 3.0", Cnap/Jeu de Paume

Among collections Centre national des arts plastiques, Fonds municipal d'art contemporain – Paris Collections, Bibliothèque nationale de France, FOMU Musée de la photographie (Anvers, Belgique), Jenisch Museum of Fine Arts (Vevey, Suisse), Collection HSBC pour la Photographie.

Recent press


"Slowed down pans, reversed camera movements, fixed shots, all together provoke an effect of fascination. A pure emotion, with ordinary images of streets and crowds. Hypnotized, the gaze tracks the tiny tremors of this visual ballet. Where sometimes a voice slips softly between a couple of young lovers or in the middle of the urban crowd that time seems to have suspended." Frédérique Chapuis in Télérama, November. 2019

Solo exhibition


2020
Les mondes silencieux, within the framework of the month of August of the culture, Pont Saint-Ange, Paris

2019

Fragments d'éternité, Galerie Papillon, Paris
Silent World, Editions Dilecta, Paris
Les Mondes silencieux, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (cur. G. Sivel)

2017
Prix Découverte, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (cur. E. de l'Ecotais) 
In search of Eternity, Villa Médicis, Académie de France in Rome, Italy
Les Mondes silencieux, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (cur. G. Sivel)

2016

In search of Eternity I, The Chimney, New-York, U.S.A. (cur. C. Darrason / J. Houdrouge)

2015
Silent World, Galerie Hervé Lancelin, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2014
In search of eternity I, Tezukayama gallery & Institut français du Japon (cur. R. Matsuo)
Silent World, Art collector - Collection Jacques et Evelyne Deret, Paris

2013
Les Mondes perdus, Aux franciscaines, Deauville (cur. P. Remy)

2012
Vertiges du quotidien, FotoMuseum Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium (cur. J. Noadts)

2010
Living images, Images Vevey visual arts festival, Vevey, Switzerland (cur. S. Stoll)
Prix HSBC pour la photographie, exhibition in France (cur. B. Marcelis)

Group exhibition


2022
Image 3.0, Le Cellier, Reims

2021
Des mondes à part, Galerie Papillon, Paris
Civilization - Quelle époque !, Mucem, Marseille

2020
Biennale Images, Vevey, Switzerland
Un été particulier, Mairie de Paris - Drac Ile-de-France, Pont Saint-Ange, Paris
Utopic Landscapes, Collector Series #1, exhibition online Dalbin

2019
Présence humaine, Ségolène Brossette Galerie, Paris
Unexpected dialogues, Saatchi gallery, Draw art fair, London, United Kingdom (cur. C. Brechignac)
LUMA dummy book Award, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Traversée, Les grandes serres, Pantin

2018
Something else, Cairo Biennale, Egypt (cur. S. Njami et E. Abbiatici)
In search of Eternity III, OVNi Festival, Nice (cur. S. Brasca)
Lights Narrations, Atelier Reflief, Photo Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (cur. A. Dayras)

2017
In search of Eternity II, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (cur. E. de l'Ecotais)
L'Oro, Villa Medici, Villa Médicis, Académie de France in Rome, Italy (cur. C. Parisi)
Comune sensibile, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna & contemporanea, Rome, Italy
FIAC, Nouvelles acquisitions du FMAC, Fonds municipal d'Art contemporain, Paris
L'Été photographique, Centre d'art et de Photographie, Lectoure (cur. MF. Hallin)
Viva villa!, Cité internationale des Arts, Paris (cur. C. Debray et F. Nicolao)

2016
In search of Eternity I, Venice Arsenale, Arte Laguna, Venice, Italy
LUMA dummy book Award, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Jungle urbaine, Gaultier, Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany (cur. T. Loriot)
Jungle urbaine, Gaultier, DDP Dongdaemun center Seoul, South Korea (cur. T. Loriot)
Certains regards, Tezukayama gallery, Osaka, Japan (cur. C. Uchida)

2015
Villissima, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon (cur. G. Monsaigeon)
Le Parfum, jardins du Palais Royal, Paris (cur. G. Bauret)
Jungle urbaine, Gaultier, Grand Palais, Paris (cur. T. Loriot)

2014
Galerie Hervé Lancelin, with Jan Fabre, Chiharu Shiota et Ra'anan Levy, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
La Vieille Charité, Marseille, European Capital of Culture, Marseille
Le temps au temps, Prix Coal, Carreau du Temple, Paris (cur. M. Blandin)

2013
L'Echappée belle, Grand Palais, Paris (cur. A. Lepoutre)
Silent world, Kowal+Odermatt projects, Art Basel Miami, U.S.A. (cur. C. de LaTaille et A. Lepoutre)
Living Images, Jeune création, Le Centquatre, Paris

2011
Apocalypses, Pavillon populaire, Montpellier (cur. A. Sayag / Centre Pompidou)
Living images, Festival Circulations, Bagatelle, Paris

2010
Bourse du Talent, BnF, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
Vertiges du quotidien, Promenades photographiques de Vendôme, Paris
Audi Talents Award nominees, Fiac, Grand Palais, Paris
Arles in Beijing, 798 Dashanzi, Beijing, China
Jeonju international photography festival, South Korea (cur. J. Kim)
Domestic, Espacio cultural caja madrid, Barcelone, Spain

2009
Water, Thessaloniki museum for Photography, Greece (cur. G. Bauret)
Pingyao international photography festival, Pingyao, China (cur. D. de Faÿs)
Nuits de l'année, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
Ghar el Melh international photography festival, Tunisia

Awards



2019
Finalist LUMA Dummy Book Award, Arles

2018
   
Finalist Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography

2017
   
Finalist Discovery Award, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles

2013
   
Prix Jeune création

2010
   
Award HSBC pour la Photographie
Grand Prix international de photographie de Vevey, Nestlé Prize
Finalist Prix Audi Talents Awards

2009
   
Talent Grant Award, BnF Bibliothèque nationale de France

Residencies and grants



2017
 
Fellows of the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici

2013

Grant from the CICRP, Marseille capitale européenne de la Culture

2009
   
Grant from the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet

Commissions



2020
Editions Louis Vuitton

2016
   
Fondation Louis Roederer

2015
  
Opéra national de Paris

2013
  
Ministère de la culture / Ministère de l'éducation / Aéroports de Paris

2012
  
Pictet Private Bank / Fondation HSBC pour la photographie / Le Monde

2011
   
La Maison Hermès

2010
   
La Maison Ruinart / Lancôme / Sony France / Fondation Nestlé

Collections


Cnap, Centre National des arts Plastiques
FMAC, Fonds municipal d'Art contemporain, Paris Collections
BnF, Bibliothèque nationale de France
FOMU, Musée de la photographie, Anvers, Belgique
Museum of Photography Thessaloniki, Grèce
Jenisch Museum of Fine Arts, Vevey, Suisse
Pavillon populaire, Montpellier, France
Nestlé collection for Contemporary Art, Suisse
Collection HSBC pour la Photographie, France
CICRP, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Conservation et Restauration du Patrimoine, France
Collection Alexandre Allard

Studies



2017 

Villa Médicis, Académie de France à Rome

2015 

ENSP, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles

2010 

INALCO Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Paris


Seminaries and conferences



2012
   
Guest artist lecture, Université Paris I, Master INHA, Michel Poivert, Paris

2010
   
Guest artist lecture, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing
Guest artist lecture, Salon de la Photographie, Paris