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Frédéric Lecloux

Born in Brussels, 1972.

His photographic prose, unhurried and stamped with obsessive poetry, blending indoor portraits, ordinary commodities and melancholic landscapes, bares a likeness to a therapeutic work aiming to unburden.

He has published several books including “Katmandou 2058” (2003 – La Renaissance du Livre), “Lentement vers l’Asie” (2006 – Glénat), “L’Usure du Monde” (2008 – Bec en l’Air), “Le Simulacre du Printemps” (2008 – Bec en l’Air). “Brumes à venir” will be published in October 2012 by Editions Bec en l’Air.


  Travelling : Bruxelles, Belgium

Portfolio

Series

Earthquake in Nepal (2015)

On April 25th, 2015, a year ago, a considerable earthqake hit Nepal, shattering milliions of lives and tearing apart the fragile balance of an already damaged country. A year from there, despite important international donations. the country and its cultural heritage are still devastated. Three days after the disaster which has devastated many villages, trapped inhabitants have not received any assistance yet. According the UN, 8 millions people by 28 millions of Nepalese are affected by the earthquake. “28th of April 2015 – This first day of shot started in Lalitpur (Patan), south of Katmandu, and continued in villages situated in the south of Latipur, between 10 and 20...

Nepal: Explanation, peace, oblivion (2015)

I have been questioning Nepal for 20 years. In this far-off land, in the layers of this reality, there is something at once different and intimate that I recognise, and that I try to transpose into photographs, through a writing which blends poetry and documentary in a taut and concise frame, suggesting a vision of the country as well as appeasing the tiny discomfort to be a passenger of this Earth. I have the intuition that this writing has recently ceased to be valid, not by its motives but by its codes. A few photographs seem to lead to an embryonic new writing, in which I tend to believe that the series Everyday Epiphanies has indeed reached its end. This new Nepali work has begun...

Etonnamment Etonnée (2013)


Daily Epiphanies, Nepal (2013)

"As if there still weren't enough of reality, of that awful reality… » - Henri Michaux War has killed, war has ended, enemies have talked, elections have taken place, reconstruction has begun, armies are on the verge to merge, the constitution has waited for years to exist and eventually will… Photography can be a medium to tell these stories. These stories can be told through hard facts; this is the job of photojournalists. But these stories can also be told through what sits just next to the facts, or under them, or behind them, or who knows where else in their vicinity. Staring at the afterglow of reality, drifting away in its faint lights, it becomes possible to search in a...

Le Lit National (2012)

The « Lit National » ("National Bed") is a centenary family-run business, specialized in the craft making of luxury bedding. Frédrérick Lecloux lay low a few days in this Pré-Saint-Gervais workshop in the Seine-Saint-Denis Region (North of Paris).

Brumes à venir...looking for Belgium (2012)

Belgium, a young Kingdom almost 180 years old, co-founder of the European Union, has been going through a political and identity crisis since the legislative elections of 10 June 2007, threatening its very existence. The question is many-sided : is the State of Belgium still relevant ? As a common ground gathering more than 10 million individuals speaking three different official languages, does it still raise interest ? From a TV hoax to an open public debate, did the hypothesis “End of Belgium” turn into a “pre-established” fact, a political program that will be imposed to the people ? As only its divided aspect is visible today, one can also wonder about the real borders of this...

Losing. Seeking. (2009)

“The truth of this life is not that we die, it’s that we die stolen.” Louis Guilloux, 1935 These pictures are the only way I found to ease my pain. I have been the witness of my wife’s collapse, when she decided to begin the mourning of her sister who died in a paraglider accident 15 years ago. They don’t tell the truth. They only try to tell what I believe to have seen: my love sinking body and soul in an irresistible slowing down; the pregnancy and the birth of our child setting maybe the resurgence of this mourning. They tell about the lonely and sterile energy to deal with that, but more often the determination to go with this implosion, with an almost maniac self...

Nepal : rebuilding Rolpa (2009)

In Nepal, when civil war began in 1996, the Rolpa area (middle-west; middle-mountain) was one of the first places to be completely under the Maoist rebels’ control. It is hard to get to this region, where every family has been touched and often dismantled by the conflict. Some joined rebels, others were suspected to be part of them by security forces. Life was just a permanent restlessness, maintained by all kinds of violence from the Maoists and the regular army: kidnappings, murders, disappearance, hard labour in particular on the “Martyrs’ road” (15 days a year for each family, unpaid, and no food), popular courts, taxations, etc… Hundreds of people ran away from their...

Marthe, Brussels (2008)

My grandmother’s apartment in Brussels. A place that once I restless knew and then dried out slowly after my grandfather’s death in 1990, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren growing. With my primary travelling occupation and especially since my emigration to France in 2001, a place which I got far away, where I return today less than once per year. Soon, however, a need made me sign, and with a sense of urgency: the need to remember that this distance gradually abolished ... In late 2005, I sought and obtained from my grandmother, gone to see a son far from Brussels, her permission to spend two days alone at home, then a morning with when she got back. Three days to measure the...

Natural history Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal (2008)

“Prior to establishment of the Natural History Museum, scientifc expeditions principally made by scientists of developed nations collected a large number of invaluable biological specimens, most of which are still deposited in foreign institutes or personal collections. This made it difcult for Nepalese scientists and any other individuals interested in wildlife or nature to access the information on the natural inheritance of their own country. To avoid such situation, the need of an independent Nepali natural history museum was recognized. The Natural History Museum (NHM) was established un 1975 under the aegis of the Tribhuvan University. Beginning with a few specimens of birds and...

Elections in Nepal, portraits of female voters (2008)

On April 10th 2008, 17 millions of Nepalese men and women (on a total of 28 millions inhabitants) where invited to vote for the 601 members of the constituent assembly. On the agenda of their first session will feature the transition into a Republic. The result of a two years peace process, that followed ten years of civil war opposing the maoist rebels to the army and royal police, these elections confirmed the victory of the nepalese maoist party, that now holds 207 seats in the assembly. In the continuity of his questioning of this ten years of transition, particularly on the position of the Nepalese woman in this "New Nepal", Frédéric Lecloux has, during this historical week, met...

The Waste of the World, tribute to Nicolas Bouvier (2005)

We think that we’re going to read "The Way of the World", but it soon becomes evident that it’s "The Way of the World" that has got hold of us. This is how it starts: to begin with you can’t read anything else, that you can accept, but soon you can’t read anything at all. Bouvier has a way of squeezing out each moment of happiness till the very last drop and preserving the product of this distillation in the phials of his memory in order to draw on it for his survival each time that happiness can’t be found… And for you, where does that leave you? You understand intensely what an enormous turmoil it must have meant for Nicolas Bouvier to fix this journey forever in the scarcity...

Collective centres in South Serbia (2005)

The mission of Doctor without Borders in Yugoslavia was a psycho-social mission helping displaced people, most of them Serbs coming from Kosovo. This series was produced for the MSF office in Belgrad in January 2005. The office closed at the end of 2006. Its activities and most of its staff were taken over by a local association : Nexus.

Chinese presence in Lhassa, Tibet (1999)

"It is the victory of China : erasing from the Tibetans' minds the view of foreigners as potential witnesses of their drama (eventhough this potential only leads to a few testimonies), and replacing it by a view of them as scatterbrained wallets. In other words, the victory of China was to make Tibetans aware that, not being the way to freedom, the West is the way the money comes from. The victory was also to be able to disappear from the tourist activities, withdraw into its neighborhoods, its offices and barracks, so the old town doesn't look too much like a settlement or a fortified camp, and then encouraging the Tibetans to build themselves a picturesque appearance in front of their...

Books

Lit national

« On raconte que les grands-mères cachent de petites coupures soigneusement serrées en liasses sous leur lit ou glissées à l’intérieur de leur matelas, la mienne a dépensé quelques milliers d’euros pour cette literie et n’a jamais su épargner.
Est-ce que je pourrai, est-ce que je saurai dormir dans ce lit ? Mon corps logé dans l’empreinte laissée par celui de Louise. Mes 10 centimètres et 10 kilos de plus seront-ils prohibitifs ? »

Que faire du lit hérité de sa grand-mère ? Quelle place ménager à cet objet trop intime ? D’autant que ce n’est pas n’importe quel lit mais un modèle aux secrets de fabrication bien gardés. Ce legs devient prétexte à une stimulante digression qui nous rappelle que le lit, meuble millénaire et héros de contes, accompagne nos vies dans le rêve ou l’insomnie, dans la maladie et l’amour.

Joy Sorman a passé plusieurs mois au sein d’une entreprise de literie, dont les portes se sont ouvertes aussi au regard de Frédéric Lecloux. Ils nous invitent à un double récit, littéraire et photographique, qui conduit à regarder son lit d’un œil nouveau.

Text by: Joy Sorman

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2013)
96 pages
Size: 19,6 x 13 x 1,2 cm
ISBN :2367440263   

Etonnament étonnée

In Marseilles, for more than 20 years now, a unique experience in Europe has been expanding, founded on the cultural diversity and the artistic research, at the junction of social, urban and educative concerns. "Fabrique en mouvement" (built in motion), is a territory larger than 4 hectares, which innovates empirically around practices shared by the artists, but also by cultural and public producers.

"La Friche de La Belle de Mai" bares the name of the district it is part of. It is registered in the historical, social and economic reality of the city, but its project is about crossing the geographic and symbolic boarders of every cultural representation. Over the years, this shared project carried out by the 70 facilities in charge of animating and expanding the site, has created a public place, where everyday life can be enjoyed.

For this book, the photographer Frédéric Lecloux and the writer Arno Bertina were invited to cast their gaze on this singular adventure.
Hosted in 2013 for an art residency at "La Belle de Mai", they are giving in this opus their impressions on a story that keeps reinventing itself. This book is a funny, poetic and politic opus on these women and men wishing to simply rethink the world around them and the notion of living together.
Text by: Arno Bertina

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2013)
143 pages
Size: 29x21.5cm  

Brumes à venir

« Une fois par an. Moins peut-être. Au début nous revenions peut-être moins d'une fois par an.
Et encore : pour ce qui me concerne, « revenir » est exagéré, mon corps y allait sans moi.
Ma Belgique tout entière dans ces flottements, dans cette spirale inconfortable.
Elle tient peut-être uniquement à cela, cette attraction a posteriori pour le pays natal : décortiquer un territoire où j'ai appris et désappris la légèreté dans un temps minuscule.
Pourtant, pas un pays où l'on se prenne moins au sérieux. »
Text by: Frédéric lecloux

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air éditions (2012)
144 pages
Size: 23 x 16,5 cm  

Peintures, recettes maison

Pourquoi choisir de fabriquer sa peinture à la maison ? L’expérience montre que les peintures traditionnelles sont non seulement belles dès leur application, mais qu’elles se patinent et restent esthétiques en vieillissant. Les techniques que propose ce livre sont basées sur des recettes anciennes, qui ont prouvé leur efficacité, et utilisent des ingrédients non polluants. Certaines peintures sont préparées uniquement à partir de produits naturels afin d'obtenir un mélange à la fois écologique et économique, à base d’œuf, de bière ou même de pomme de terre. Comme toujours dans cette collection, qui mêle approches documentaire et pratique, un chapitre offre un aperçu historique. Les recettes sont ensuite déclinées selon les ingrédients utilisés avec des photos des différentes étapes de réalisation et des informations sur les qualités de la peinture obtenue. Avec un peu de pratique, le lecteur pourra également créer ses propres variantes, originales et durables.
Text by: Marie Vanesse

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2010)
192 pages
ISBN :2916073558   

L'Usure du monde

En 1953, l’écrivain-voyageur suisse Nicolas Bouvier quitte Genève pour un voyage de quatre ans qui se terminera au Japon, avec pour seuls luxes une Fiat Toppolino qui offre la liberté d'aller où l'on veut et une lenteur érigée en art. L’Usage du monde, récit de cette aventure, est devenu un livre culte dans le monde entier.
En 2004-2005, le photographe Frédéric Lecloux refait cette route, en voiture : « J’ai voyagé sans coller aux guêtres de Nicolas Bouvier au lieu près, au cadrage près, au mot près. Et surtout pas ' sur les traces de Nicolas Bouvier '. Un voyage pour le voyage, qui se suffise à lui-même. Une vraie dérive qui se donne le temps du monde des gens... »
L'Usure du monde, ainsi nommé en hommage à Nicolas Bouvier, alterne photographies et récit de voyage, et conduit le lecteur dans un glissement poétique à travers les pays de l'ex-Yougoslavie, la Turquie, l'Iran, le Pakistan et l'Afghanistan.
www.lusuredumonde.com
Text by: Frederic Lecloux

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2008)
240 pages
Size: 29x24 cm  

Le simulacre du printemps

From Frédéric Lecloux’s colour pictures realised in the privacy of his grandmother’s apartment in Brussels, Ingrid Thobois imagines a fictional text. A man is attending the moving of his recently dead mother’s apartment. Gradually, removal men’s comments delve him into the past and recall him precise memories. What does we need to keep? What does we need to throw? Hours after hours, while the apartment is getting empty, the narrator decides that he will keep nothing, and that he will just photograph a series of familiar things. These are those pictures that will appear in the book, as a poetical “mise en abyme”.
Text by: Ingrid Thobois

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2008)
ISBN :2916073418   

Lentement vers l'Asie

Né d'un éblouissement sur les quais du Bosphore, c'est d'Istanbul que ce voyage partira, à bord d'un ferry pour Odessa, emmenant l'auteur et sa femme à toute petite allure. S'arrêtant au rythme des rencontres et des amitiés ou selon le bon vouloir des douaniers, le chemin continue, en train vers Moscou et l'Asie centrale, à l'avant d'un camion entre Kashgar et le Tibet occidental, à pied autour du mont Kailash, à l'arrière d'une jeep vers Lhassa, puis descend se poser à Katmandou pour quelques mois. Ecouter un ingénieur russe épris de Boulgakov dans le train pour Aima-Ata, croquer la poussière des camions sur la route interdite de Kashgar au mont Kallash, apprivoiser l'odeur rance qui flotte sur Lhassa, réhabituer les papilles à la variété culinaire, regarder couler avec les habitants de Katmandou des journées douces et lentes alors qu'elles semblaient abolies depuis longtemps par l'ordre du monde... et mille autres scènes du quotidien construisent au jour le jour un voyage étonnant. Il est des destinations qui résonnent dans la tête des voyageurs. Cette lente route d'Istanbul à Katmandou chemine au fil de la curiosité, de l'émerveillement, de l'humour, de rencontres incroyables et des multiples paysages d'un quotidien revisité par une émotion qui recrée le monde et donne à voir.

Publisher: Glénat, hommes et horizons (2006)
235 pages
ISBN :978-2723455411   

Katmandou 2058

Commencée en l'an népalais 2058 - science-fiction pour nous, mais combien réel pour eux -, cette série de photographies pose la question de l'espoir de la jeunesse népalaise, plongée depuis six ans dans la guerre civile. Elle aborde le rapport entre l'humain et sa ville par le biais d'une confrontation cruciale au vide, tant cette génération, qui a grandi avec la violence issue de la rébellion maoïste, paraît par moments terriblement seule face à son avenir, atterrée par le poids du passé, tandis qu'à d'autres elle se montre capable d'appréhender la réalité avec une infaillible modernité.
Text by: Gérard Toffin

Publisher: La Renaissance du livre (2003)
100 pages
Size: 24x30,5 cm
ISBN :2804608263   

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