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Gaël Turine

Born in Nieuport, Belgium, in 1972.

Gaël Turine studied photography at l’école des Arts Plastiques du 75 de Bruxelles.
Just after he got his degree in photography in 1997, Gaël Turine started a series of long-term reportages. In 2001, his project Aveuglément (Blindly) about the cooperatives for the blind in West Africa, became a book in the Photo Poche series in 2001. His book Being 20 in Kabul is published in 2003 (Alternatives editions). In 1998 Gaël Turine started to work in Eritrea. In 2004, he received the first grant given by the « Aftermath Grant Project » (USA), which afforded him three more trips to Eritrea and the completion of his project.
In 2006, Gaël Turine was the recipient of the « Golden Clover award » to complete his project on the route of the Voodoo cult. The book came out in 2011 (Lannoo Editions).
In 2009, the three years project Aujourd’hui c’est demain (Today is tomorrow), photographing 25 people cured from cancers, was published in a book by Delpire Editeur.

In 2013, his body of work The Wall and Fear about the wall between India and Bangladesh was exhibited in Saint-Brieuc during the Photoreporter Festival (2012) and during the Visa pour l’Image Festival (2014) in Perpignan. The book is published by Photopoche in 2014. For the Wall and Fear, the photographer was rewarded in 2013 with the « Shortlist of the Anthropographia Awards for Human Rights », in the category « Still Photography ».

Gaël Turine was involved into group photographic projects with international photographers for collective books and exhibitions.


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Portraits

Series

South Africa, the most luxurious train in the world (2017)

Go aboard on the Rovos, "the most luxurious train in the world", as its owner Rohan Vos likes to remind, it's turning back the clock and making the experience of an unsual journey that matters more than the destination. On the platform, the tank engine seems to come from a novel of Jules Vernes. The inside of wagons also impress by its anachronism and its refinement. During the journey which cross on thousand miles of kilometres southern Africa, the travelers, for most british, enjoy spectacular landscapes in an absolute comfort. Gaël Turine has taken part of one of those singular travels for two days. In a cinematic serie, he shows the atmosphere and the splendour that prevail on...

Shuto Orizari, Romani capital (2017)

In Macedonia, in the suburb of Skopje, Shuto Orizari has been created on a landfill, when the 1963 earthquake gave an alibi to the Yugoslavian authorities to gather a minority population seen as problematical. Nowadays, Shutka, the nickname given to Shuto Orizari, is the largest Rom city in the world (with 35 000 inhabitants with 95% of Roms), and the only one which chose to adopt Romani as the official language. The town is now considered as the international Romani capital. There, the Gypsy soul breathes, and the traditions last. « These streets belong to us. Here, this is our home and we can be who we are, simply and freely… Roms officials delegations from Hungary, Czech...

Grande-Synthe, the grave of the Republic (2016)

Since 2006, the humanitarian camp of Grande-Synthe, close to the French town of Dunkerke, is hosting refugees who have paid thousands euros the hope of finding a better future in England. Until last summer, there were 80. Their number has been multiplied by 30 within 6 months. The infrastructures are not sufficient any more and MSF, which was called to help the overwhelmed staff of the camp, is rising the alarm about their inhuman living conditions. In the shadow of the jungle of Calais, very few help has been given to these migrants, mostly Kurds, who have to share two water sources and 40 showers for approximately 3, 000 people, while small children are sleeping under canvas tents...

Chanee, the gibbon whisperer (2015)

Who led Aurélien Brulé, a young thirty-six year-old French man, founder of the Kalaweit association dedicated to the protection of Indonesian gibbons, to leave everything behind and settle down in the Borneo jungle ? This is what the photographer Gaël Turine wants to analyse. The idea is to put into pictures this amazing commitment for a double cause : a precocious passion for gibbons and a will to fight against the biggest deforestation movement in the world. When he was twelve years old, Aurélien Brulé fell in love with the gibbons and decided to dedicate his life to them. He published a book when he was 17 which was recognized by the specialists, and travelled to Borneo when...

The Love Commandos in Delhi (2015)

In India, the caste system, religious differences, socio-economic gaps and ancestral traditions of arranged marriages are seen today as a barrier to the freedom to love. The resistance of the families creates many dramas. There are more than a thousand honor killings (mainly women) per year in the country. India is experiencing significant socio-cultural changes pushing back the country's traditions and customs, mainly in the cities where young people have access to Western models through print media, Internet or movies. In response to the violent disproportionate reactions of families and distress of young people, an Indian journalist created the association Love Commandos in Delhi. The...

Haiti, Port au Prince, 5 years after (2015)

In January 2015, it will be the five years commemoration of the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti and mainly its capital Port-au-Prince. The city remains scarred by the disaster, and the population, thanks to a great courage and a profound sense of survival and adaptation, has learnt to live in a « half-completed » city. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake went on for 35 seconds and caused an unprecedented humanitarian breakdown in the Haitian capital: 220,000 dead + 250,000 wounded + 1,3 million homeless. Hundreds International organizations pledged US$ 11 billion in a humanitarian response for Haiti. The humanitarian aid response should have been a success for a small country like Haiti, but it...

Back to Mali, on the banks of Niger river (2014)

South, the greenery. North, the desert. In between runs the Niger river. French photographer Gaël Turine has sailed through Mali, from Djenné to Timbuktu, alongside the banks of Niger river that tends to be a crucial local meeting point. Since the French intervention in Mali, serenity is coming back into the country. Despite the political troubles, local populations take up again their daily life. Between the southern farming « water world » and the northern Tuareg and Saharan « fire world », ancient links shortly disrupted are restored through trade, fishing and farming. Nomadic Bozo fishermen , Muslims of Timbuktu, Dogons living down the Bandiagara cliffs,…. The...

India and Bangladesh - The Wall and Fear (2014)

In 1993, India began building a dividing wall over a distance of 3 200 kilometers [approximately 2000 miles], separating it from neighboring Bangladesh. Officially it was to protect the country from Islamist terrorists and illegal migrants. Here people are arrested, tortured and killed, making this the most dangerous border in the world. Nearly all victims are Bangladeshi citizens trying to cross illegally to the other side, and for any number of reasons - economic, family, health or environmental - as their country suffers from every possible affliction. Whatever name we call it – wall, barrier or fence – its goal is the same: to restrict any human and geographic relation between...

Voodoo - The journey of an african pantheon (2011)

To the Fon-speaking people in Benin, Vodun means an invisible, fearsome and mysterious power playing a part in the human society. Rites and ceremonies help the livings to remain in contact with the worlds of ancestors and spirits.Vodun is still widely practised at all levels of society, in cities as in villages. Forms of worship are regular issues in public debates. From the XVI th century, the european colonialist slavery exported ancient african traditions and beliefs to America Slaves created their own religion, with the colonialist’s catholic beliefs and iconography in the background. Thus was born Haitian Voodoo religion. Nowadays, Voodoo religion is everywhere in the...

IDP's and returnees of Southern Sudan (2011)

After two fratricidal civil wars (during the 21 years of war between 1955 and 2004, 2 million people died), a peace agreement was signed in 2005. On the occasion of a referendum in January 2011 the autonomous region of South voted overwhelmingly for secession from the north, giving birth to the Republic of South Sudan. But the official declaration of independence and the creation of the new African state on July 9th will be held with the shadow of a new military and humanitarian crisis. On May 21st, the Sudan Alliance Forces in Khartoum has invaded the "buffering" area of Abyei (the area had to vote for its continuation or secession from the north in July 2011), causing the risk of an...

Liberia, the Ivorian refugees (2011)

The political chaos of the presidential elections in Ivory Coast is rebounding on its neighbouring states. Dozen of thousands of refugees from Ivory Coast have crossed the Liberian border in order to avoid the fights between the army loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo and the armed groups of the new elected president Alassane Ouattara, supported by the International Community. The Nimba County, and the villages near Cestos River which is the border between Ivory Coast and Liberia, shelter the majority of the refugees. Most of them have settled in Butuo, a village located near the river and which is the main official border crossing of the region. Then, refugees have joined the...

Virunga’s looters, Congo DCR (2010)

Divided by civil wars, the Democratic Republic of the Congo must also fight against the looting of its natural resources, among the richest on the continent. The region of Kivu, difficult to attain and some 1400 kilometres from Kinsasha, harbours a host of armed rebel groups. Securing this region is rendered all the more difficult by the decrepit state of its roads, which in turn impedes the return of its displaced populations. It is also one of the richest regions in Africa in terms of ores, flora, and its fauna. Virunga National Park is constantly tracking down elephant poachers and coal traffickers. These latter practices jeopardize a fragile ecosystem and destabilize the...

Today it's tomorow, Belgium (2009)

Teenagers, young adults, parents, school children, nurses, workers, they all have something in common: they had cancer when they were children. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, relapse ... a strong route for them. But today, they are cured ! A message of hope...

Eritrea (2008)

A former Italian colony, Eritrea was occupied by the British in 1941. In 1952 the United Nations resolved to establish it as an autonomous entity federated with Ethiopia as a compromise between Ethiopian claims for sovereignty and Eritrean aspirations for independence. However, 10 years later the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, decided to annex it, triggering a 32-year armed struggle.This culminated in independence after an alliance of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) and a coalition of Ethiopian resistance movements defeated Haile Selassie's communist successor, Mengistu Haile Mariam. Eritrean citizens are struggling between hopes and despairs, between dreams and fate,...

Rosa, a face on the paramilitary violence in Colombia. (2008)

On January 19th 2001, in the village of El Copey, around 11pm, a paramilitary group landed. They came to take Don José, a quiet farmer they suspected to have given food and agricultural equipment to a rival group. This one hid his family in the bedroom, but a bullet, shot through the door, ran across his hand and ended in the thigh of his 5-year-old daughter, Rosa. Colombia has been living with violence for a long time, but the number of victims has never been so high than today. President Uribe prides on hitting strong tricks against FARCS rebels, but he hasn’t reduced the number of victims provoked by paramilitary groups of all sides. A recent report (published on September 23rd)...

West Africa, Blindness (2008)

Between Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire, Gaël Turine travel through West Africa to visit blind people communities. Blindness is a curse caused by onchocerose, carried by rivers black fly. These flies live only in the vicinity of watercourses. The disease has therefore gradually invaded all the rivers throughout the region. Most villages located along rivers have been infected, and some villages have up to 60% of blind people. It is estimated that between 250,000 and 300,000 the number of people blinded by the disease in these countries. Children accompanied by their guides, who are their eyes throughout their lives, the blind are hardly integrated into society, they are considered...

Books

En bas la ville

Photographer Gaël Turine and writer Laurent Gaudé travelled together to Haiti. Struck by the dignity of the Haitians plunged into a chaotic setting, they take away from their stay documentary material, but also a more literary approach; an accurate reflection of their experience. This accordion book contains fifty photographs that inspired the writer to create two texts: a long poem in prose and an account of their companionship in this fragile and fascinating country.

Artistic direction: Chiqui Garcia
Text by: Laurent Gaudé

Publisher: Éditions Le bec en l'air (2017)
122 pages
Size: 15x21 cm  

Le Mur et la peur

Photo Poche Société n°19

Dès 1933, L'Inde entame la construction d'un mur de trois mille deux cents kilomètres la séparant de son voisin bangladais. Qu'il soit fait de béton ou d'une double haute clôture de fil de fer barbelé, il est infranchissable et sévèrement gardé. Gaël Turine, qui s'intéresse à la notion de séparation entre les peuples et les pays, a mené une longue enquête sur ce mur peu connu, qui détient pourtant la sinistre réputation de constituer la frontière la plus dangereuse et la plus sanglante du monde. La quasi-totalité des victimes sont des bangladais qui, pour des raisons économiques, familiales, sanitaires ou environnementales, tentent d'échapper à l'extrême pauvreté et à la surpopulation démesurée de leur pays.

Pour ce travail inédit, Gaël Turine, a reçu en 2013 le Prix spécial du meilleur reportage photo de l'Agence française de développement (AFD).

Publisher: Actes Sud (2014)
144 pages
Size: 12,5 x 19   

Voodoo

Gael Turine travelled to Benin, Haiti and the USA in order to capture the stunning images in this book. Charting the origins of voodoo, the photographs form an impressive series in black and white of voodoo practices and its historical bond with the slave trade. Gael Turine portrays people in their natural habitat. Travelling to Benin, Haiti and the USA exposed him to various voodoo practices. The pictures he made in those countries not only form the basis for this book, but also contain significant anthropological information.
Text by: Gaël Turine

Publisher: Lannoo sa (2011)
176 pages
ISBN :9020992112   

Aujourd'hui c'est demain

Des photos du quotidien prises en ville, à la campagne, dans une école, des scènes de tous les jours volées dans un tram, une plaine de jeux, l'intimité d'une famille...
et la balançoire, hop vers les nuages...
On s'identifie facilement à ces jeunes gens qui jouent aux cartes, à ces adolescents qui font du sport, à ces parents émerveillés devant leur premier né.
Et l'objectif du photographe isole un visage, puis un autre et finalement dessine les portraits de 25 personnes qui se racontent.
Peu d'entre eux parlent de maladie et pourtant tous ont eu un cancer pendant leur enfance.
Chimiothérapie, radiothérapie, chirurgie, rechute... dur parcours pour ces enfants.

Mais aujourd'hui ils sont guéris!
Text by: Eric Sariban

Publisher: Delpire (2009)
ISBN :2851072439   

Other Worlds

Gaël Turine est un passeur d'images, comme d'autres sont des passeurs d'histoires. Il nous fait partager le quotidien des Moscovites, des Boliviens, des Haïtiens, avec la discrétion et la retenue que pourrait apporter un familier, un ami de la famille. L'empathie qu'il manifeste pour les personnes qu'il photographie ne cède jamais le pas à un esthétisme de surface ; pas d'effets plasticiens aussi faciles que inutiles dans des images qui respirent la simplicité et qui n'évoquent que la chaleur d'un regard ami.
Text by: Jean-Paul Marthoz

Publisher: Husson (2006)
115 pages
Size: 21x25,5 cm
ISBN :2916249028   

L'enfer-me-ment

Collectif : photographies de Jane Evelyn Atwood, Jean-Marc Bodson, Gaël Turine, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, Hugues de Wurstemberger La prison est un lieu où la société enferme non seulement des personnes, mais aussi ses peurs, comme si la sécurité générale pouvait être appréciée à l’indice du nombre des détenus. Outre les commentaires de certains détenus, les photos de ce livre sont loin d’être muettes : elles interrogent non seulement sur les conditions de l’enfermement, mais aussi sur sa raison d’être. La prison peut-elle rester cet endroit clos où l’on parque à l’aveugle ceux qui ont commis, ou en sont seulement soupçonnés, des faits attentatoires à la sécurité publique, aussitôt enfermés, aussitôt oubliés ?
Text by: Alain Wiame, Delphine Paci, Dan Kaminski, Philippe Mary

Publisher: Husson (2006)
142 pages
ISBN :978-2916249094   

Avoir 20 ans à Kaboul

Collection "Avoir 20 ans"
Depuis l'invasion soviétique, en décembre 1979, de ce petit territoire à peine plus étendu que la France, l'Afghanistan n'a connu que la guerre. Alors, avoir 20 ans à Kaboul, c'est d'abord avoir eu la chance de survivre... au Jihad contre les Soviétiques, à la guerre civile, à la folie meurtrière des Talibans, aux frappes américaines. Avoir 20 ans à Kaboul, c'est avoir passé la totalité de sa vie concentré de toute son âme et de toutes ses forces à la réalisation de ce seul objectif : survivre. Aujourd'hui, même si à Kaboul ce n'est pas encore la paix, ce n'est déjà plus la guerre. Et quand on a vingt ans, on n'a que ce seul désir : vivre. Tout simplement
Text by: Assef Soltanzadeh, Jean-Marie Montali

Publisher: Alternatives (2004)
Size: 18x24 cm
ISBN :286227395   

Aveuglément

Collection Photo poche - Société
La tuberculose, le sida, on sait. Mais qui connaît l'onchocercose, cette cécité des rivières, transmise à l'homme par une mouche noire qui vit près des cours d'eau ? Pourtant, en Afrique occidentale, 18 millions d'individus en sont atteints. Handicapés physiques, improductifs, ces aveugles sont mis au ban de la société. Depuis peu, ils s'organisent en coopératives et parviennent à survivre. Ce sont ces lieux d'entraide que Gaël Turine montre ici. Ses images sont d'une sobre vérité. Il dénonce la détresse. Il veut dire l'espoir.
Text by: Alain D'Hooghe

Publisher: Actes Sud (2001)
134 pages
Size: 12,5x19 cm
ISBN :2097542778   

Awards


    2013 - Shortlisted for the Anthropographia Awards for Human Rights, Still Photography category, with "The Fence of Shame"

    2007 - "Trèfle d'or" grant&award for the “VODUN” project on the voodoo and the slave Atlantic route, Foundation for vocation, Brussels, Belgium

    2004 - Grant from the Aftermath Grant Project, USA to complete my personal project in Eritrea.

    2003 - Grant from Ministry of French Culture-Belgium for the personal project, "A world of cooperatives"

    2001 - Grant for production of Aveuglément for Photo Poche book series from Ministry of French Culture-Belgium

    2000 - Photographic award from Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi-Belgium

    1998 - Grant to support Eritrean and river blindness projects from Fondation de la Vocation- Belgium

Exhibitions



The wall and the fear (Vernouillet)
From 2016-05-24 to 2016-06-20

In 1993, India started building a separation wall along 3200km with neighboring Bangladesh. It is impossible to cross and severely guarded by Indian Border Security Force. The official reasons given by India to justify the existence of such a wall are the protection against infiltrations of Islamist terrorists and to stop Bangladeshi immigration. The number of arrests, victims of torture and casualties have made this frontier one of the most dangerous in the world. Despite the complaints of the victim\'s families, the crimes perpetrated by BSF remain mostly unpunished. Almost all the...

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Frontières (Paris)
From 2015-11-10 to 2016-05-29

Gaël Turine participates in the exhibition \"Frontières\" at the Museum of the History of immigration. In the early twenty-first century, marked by economic globalization, acceleration of trade between the countries and growing population movements, for economic or political reasons, the National Museum of the History of Immigration presents an exhibition to understand the role and contemporary issues of borders in the world and trace the singular stories of those who cross them today.

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The Wall and the Fear (Bruxelles)
From 2014-09-11 to 2014-10-19

In 1993, India began building a dividing wall over a distance of 3 200 kilometers [approximately 2000 miles], separating it from neighboring Bangladesh. Officially it was to protect the country from Islamist terrorists and illegal migrants. Here people are arrested, tortured and killed, making this the most dangerous border in the world. Nearly all victims are Bangladeshi citizens trying to cross illegally to the other side, and for any number of reasons - economic, family, health or environmental - as their country suffers from every possible affliction.

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The Wall and the Fear (Perpignan)
From 2014-08-30 to 2014-09-14

In 1993, India began building a dividing wall over a distance of 3 200 kilometers [approximately 2000 miles], separating it from neighboring Bangladesh. Officially it was to protect the country from Islamist terrorists and illegal migrants. Here people are arrested, tortured and killed, making this the most dangerous border in the world. Nearly all victims are Bangladeshi citizens trying to cross illegally to the other side, and for any number of reasons - economic, family, health or environmental - as their country suffers from every possible affliction.

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VOODOO, the journey of an African Pantheon (Dhaka)
From 2013-01-25 to 2013-02-07

In the international festival of photography Bangladesh, CHOBI MELA, Gaël Turine shows "Voodoo" a series of photographs about voodoo culture in Benin, Haiti and the United States. Voodoo worship is rooted in the 16th century slave trade. His black-and-white photographs are an expression of the unspeakable, the estrangement of the body or - more accurately - the 'social death' experiencend by slaves.

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L'Inde et le mur de la honte (Saint-Brieuc)
From 2012-10-19 to 2012-11-11


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Voodoo (Gand)
From 2011-06-02 to 2011-09-04

In the Belgian première of "Voodoo", Gaël Turine shows a series of photographs about voodoo culture in Benin, Haiti and the United States. Voodoo worship is rooted in the 16th century slave trade. His black-and-white photographs are an expression of the unspeakable, the estrangement of the body or - more accurately - the 'social death' experiencend by slaves.

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Voodoo (Rotterdam)
From 2010-12-11 to 2011-03-13

Kunsthal Rotterdam proudly introduces to its public Belgian photographer Gaël Turine. For the first time ever his photo series on voodoo culture in Haiti, Benin and the United States is put on display in the Netherlands. From up close he portrays his subjects and the rituals they are involved in. The resultant series of dynamic black and white photographs illustrating ancient voodoo religion can safely be called impressive. Turine casts light both on the traditions and on the roots of voodoo, which originated in West Africa and gradually spread over the entire world through slave...

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Today is tomorrow (Bruxelles)
From 2009-05-07 to 2009-07-18

Teenagers, young adults, parents, school children, nurses, workers, each one have something in common: cancer when they were child.Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, relapse ... a strong route for those children. But today, they are cured ! A message of hope...Texts : Eric Sariban

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Today is tomorrow (Paris)
From 2009-02-05 to 2009-04-04

Teenagers, young adults, parents, school children, nurses, workers, each one have something in common: cancer when they were child.Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, relapse ... a strong route for those children. But today, they are curing ! A message of hope...

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Africat Report - Erythrea between wrs and peaces (Bruxelles)
From 2008-12-19 to 2009-01-17

A former Italian colony, Eritrea was occupied by the British in 1941. In 1952 the United Nations resolved to establish it as an autonomous entity federated with Ethiopia as a compromise between Ethiopian claims for sovereignty and Eritrean aspirations for independence. However, 10 years later the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, decided to annex it, triggering a 32-year armed struggle.This culminated in independence after an alliance of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) and a coalition of Ethiopian resistance movements defeated Haile Selassie's communist successor, Mengistu...

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