Pierre-Elie
de Pibrac

Pierre-Elie de Pibrac

biography


Pierre-Elie de Pibrac is a French photographer, born in Paris in 1983.

His first major series was born in 2010 in New York from a work on perception and the photographic object. Entitled American Showcase and The Frontiers of Perception, it is the subject of a book : American Showcase, published by Archibooks. Pierre-Elie de Pibrac is already developing what has become his trademark : beyond the subject matter, the photographer seeks to evolve the image, inventing new concepts to create his own language. In 2012, following a report made two years earlier in the United States, Pierre-Elie composed the Real Life Super Heroes (RLSH) series, which features the famous American phenomenon of “real life superheroes”. On this occasion, a book entitled Real Life Super Heroes is published by PapelArt / Serious Publishing. Loving to move from one universe to another, the photographer decides, during the 2013-2014 season, a key year that marks the transition from the direction of dance from Brigitte Lefèvre to Benjamin Millepied, to follow the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. Immersed in the life of the company and behind the scenes of the Garnier and Bastille operas, he sensitively adapts his focus to the subject matter. He develops his project through three photographic approaches that echo each other: reportage, pictorial abstraction and staging, entitled Confidences, Catharsis and Analogia. The result was a book entitled In Situ – dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris published by Clémentine de la Féronnière. In order to deepen his project he returned to the Paris Opera to follow Benjamin Millepied’s first steps in the 2014-2015 season.

In 2016 and 2017, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac went to live in Cuba for 8 months to work on the identity of Cubans through the prism of sugar. He came back with 2 series about an unknown Cuba and a neglected population (Desmemoria and Guajiros). This work has won the Levallois Prize in 2018. A book entitled Desmemoria, published by the prestigious Xavier Barral publishing house, was released in 2019 and won the HIP 2020 Photographic Book Award in the category “reportage and history”. A third, more universal series made in Cuba and finalized in France will be released in 2021.

In 2019 and 2020, he went to Japan for almost a year to carry out his new project, Hakanai Sonzai, which deals with the sensitivity for the ephemeral of the Japanese, vanity and the impermanence of things in Japanese culture. This is the second part of his trilogy on resilience that he started in Cuba with Desmemoria. Pierre-Elie has been exhibited all over the world (France, Japan, Mexico, USA, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Cuba) through numerous galleries as well as major fairs and festivals (Kyotography, Paris Photo Paris, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Cutlog, Zona Maco, AAF de Bruxelles, MAP, Paris Show Off, Lille Art Fair, Metz Art Fair).

His work has entered many public and private collections.

Series


Silenciar, 2021

Series | This series explores meticulously the shapes of nervous and tortuous bodies mired in a thick veil.

Desmemoria, 2018

Series | Desmemoria is a testimony about the daily life of the inhabitants of the "bateyes" (villages) made from sugar and living for sugar. At the heart of these villages are sugar plants still in operation or disused and sugar workers bearing witness to the lives they sacrificed.

Guajiros, 2018

Serie | With Guarijos Pierre-Elie de Pibrac offer a gallery of portraits of sugar workers in the Cuban

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, 2017

Series | In 2017, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac photographed the backstage of the National Ballet of Cuba at the Grand Theater of Havana, also known as the Alicia Alonso Theater, in homage to the famous Cuban prima ballerina. They were performing the well-known "Ballet Giselle".

Boxeo Cubano, 2017

Series | Boxeo Cubano is one of the series in Cuba which was realized at the heart of a boxing training in Cuba’s Batey (village) of Camillo Cienfuegos in June 2017

Yo Soy Fidel : Caravane mortuaire de Fidel Castro, 2016

Series | From Havana to Santiago, Fidel's funeral urn took the famous road of the 1959 Freedom Caravan for a last stand of honor.

In situ : Confidences, 2014

Series | Pierre-Elie de Pibrac has spent a year among the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and behind the scenes of the operas Garnier and Bastille, from that, he develops three distinct series : Analogia, Confidences and Catharsis.

In situ : Catharsis, 2014

Series | Catharsis is part of the famous series "In Situ, behind the Scenes of the Paris Opera". Pierre-Elie de Pibrac, with a very personal and abstract approach, transcribes the dancer’s bodies into surprising images.

In situ : Analogia, 2014

Series | Using a modified view camera, Pierre Elie de Pibrac produced a series of photos shot within the very walls of the Palais Garnier.

Silenciar, 2021

Series | This series explores meticulously the shapes of nervous and tortuous bodies mired in a thick veil.

Desmemoria, 2018

Series | Desmemoria is a testimony about the daily life of the inhabitants of the "bateyes" (villages) made from sugar and living for sugar. At the heart of these villages are sugar plants still in operation or disused and sugar workers bearing witness to the lives they sacrificed.

Guajiros, 2018

Serie | With Guarijos Pierre-Elie de Pibrac offer a gallery of portraits of sugar workers in the Cuban

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, 2017

Series | In 2017, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac photographed the backstage of the National Ballet of Cuba at the Grand Theater of Havana, also known as the Alicia Alonso Theater, in homage to the famous Cuban prima ballerina. They were performing the well-known "Ballet Giselle".

Boxeo Cubano, 2017

Series | Boxeo Cubano is one of the series in Cuba which was realized at the heart of a boxing training in Cuba’s Batey (village) of Camillo Cienfuegos in June 2017

Yo Soy Fidel : Caravane mortuaire de Fidel Castro, 2016

Series | From Havana to Santiago, Fidel's funeral urn took the famous road of the 1959 Freedom Caravan for a last stand of honor.

In situ : Confidences, 2014

Series | Pierre-Elie de Pibrac has spent a year among the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and behind the scenes of the operas Garnier and Bastille, from that, he develops three distinct series : Analogia, Confidences and Catharsis.

In situ : Catharsis, 2014

Series | Catharsis is part of the famous series "In Situ, behind the Scenes of the Paris Opera". Pierre-Elie de Pibrac, with a very personal and abstract approach, transcribes the dancer’s bodies into surprising images.

In situ : Analogia, 2014

Series | Using a modified view camera, Pierre Elie de Pibrac produced a series of photos shot within the very walls of the Palais Garnier.

Silenciar, 2021

Series | This series explores meticulously the shapes of nervous and tortuous bodies mired in a thick veil.

Desmemoria, 2018

Series | Desmemoria is a testimony about the daily life of the inhabitants of the "bateyes" (villages) made from sugar and living for sugar. At the heart of these villages are sugar plants still in operation or disused and sugar workers bearing witness to the lives they sacrificed.

Guajiros, 2018

Serie | With Guarijos Pierre-Elie de Pibrac offer a gallery of portraits of sugar workers in the Cuban

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, 2017

Series | In 2017, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac photographed the backstage of the National Ballet of Cuba at the Grand Theater of Havana, also known as the Alicia Alonso Theater, in homage to the famous Cuban prima ballerina. They were performing the well-known "Ballet Giselle".

Boxeo Cubano, 2017

Series | Boxeo Cubano is one of the series in Cuba which was realized at the heart of a boxing training in Cuba’s Batey (village) of Camillo Cienfuegos in June 2017

Yo Soy Fidel : Caravane mortuaire de Fidel Castro, 2016

Series | From Havana to Santiago, Fidel's funeral urn took the famous road of the 1959 Freedom Caravan for a last stand of honor.

In situ : Confidences, 2014

Series | Pierre-Elie de Pibrac has spent a year among the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and behind the scenes of the operas Garnier and Bastille, from that, he develops three distinct series : Analogia, Confidences and Catharsis.

In situ : Catharsis, 2014

Series | Catharsis is part of the famous series "In Situ, behind the Scenes of the Paris Opera". Pierre-Elie de Pibrac, with a very personal and abstract approach, transcribes the dancer’s bodies into surprising images.

In situ : Analogia, 2014

Series | Using a modified view camera, Pierre Elie de Pibrac produced a series of photos shot within the very walls of the Palais Garnier.

multimedia


Desmemoria / Vue d'une usine sucrière qui fonctionne, 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

Desmemoria / Vue d'une usine sucrière qui ne fonctionne pas, 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

Desmemoria / « El Azucar Para Mi Es », 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 5, 2016

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 4, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Films 2 et 3, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 1, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

Desmemoria / Vue d'une usine sucrière qui fonctionne, 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

Desmemoria / Vue d'une usine sucrière qui ne fonctionne pas, 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

Desmemoria / « El Azucar Para Mi Es », 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 5, 2016

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 4, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Films 2 et 3, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 1, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

Desmemoria / Vue d'une usine sucrière qui fonctionne, 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

Desmemoria / Vue d'une usine sucrière qui ne fonctionne pas, 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

Desmemoria / « El Azucar Para Mi Es », 2018

As for his famous series " In Situ ", Pierre-Elie de Pibrac lends himself to the exercise of video for his work in Cuba " Desmemoria ".

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 5, 2016

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 4, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Films 2 et 3, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

In Situ, dans les coulisses de l’Opéra de Paris / Film 1, 2014

Close to the bodies, whose fascinating energy he manages to capture, and in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac decides to add to his famous photographic series "In Situ", 5 films.

Interviews


“In Situ” au Chanel Nexus Hall
Chanel Nexus Hall

2020

Pierre-Elie de Pibrac presents the exhibition at the CHANEL NEXUS Hall of Tokyo of his series “In Situ, in the backstage of the Opera de Paris” in march 2020.

Desmemoria
Achetez de l’art

Interview made at the Laboratoire Dupon-Phildap withThomas Consani, 2019

For the release of his book “Desmemoria” at the Editions Xavier Barral, the Photographic Laboratory Dupon-Phidap has dedicated an exhibition to Pierre-Elie de Pibrac.
The interview was held by Thomas Consani in order to talk about the series “Desmemoria” which was awarded of the Levallois Prize in 2018 and the HIP Prize 2020 of the photographic book in the “Documentary and history” category.

 

 

In Situ
Television Cubana

2017

Interview on Cuban television on the exhibition In Situ at Casa Victor Hugo in Havana, Cuba, which took place from November 2016 to January 2017.

 

ExHIBITIONS


Desmemoria

Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle (FRANCE)

From September 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022

In Situ

Kyotographie, Kyoto (JAPAN)

From September to October, 2020

In Situ

Chanel Nexus Hall, Tokyo (JAPAN)

From March to April, 2020

BOOks


Desmemoria

Éditions Xavier Barral - 2019

In situ

Éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière - 2014

American showcase

Archibooks / Bookstorming - 2010

Desmemoria

Éditions Xavier Barral - 2019

In situ

Éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière - 2014

American showcase

Archibooks / Bookstorming - 2010

Desmemoria

Éditions Xavier Barral - 2019

In situ

Éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière - 2014

American showcase

Archibooks / Bookstorming - 2010

Awards


Winner of the HIP Francophone Photographic Book Award in the “Reportage and History” category

For his book « Desmemoria », at the Xavier Barral Editions

2020

Finalist of the Drawing Prize Collection Florence and Damien Bachelot

For the series “Desmemoria”

2020

Finalist for the Voies Off Arles Award

For the series “Desmemoria”

2019

Named Emerging European Talent by the Fotomuseum Winterthur

For the series “Desmemoria”

2019

Winner of the Levallois Award for Young International Photographic Creation

For the series “Desmemoria”

2018

First Prize in the “Portraits of Travel” Competition, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Orange

For the series “Forgotten Children of Burma”

2008

Finalist of the Paris Match Prize for Student Photography

For the series “Forgotten Children of Burma”

2008

Winner of the SFR Young Talents Prize, Transphotographiques of Lille

For the series “Forgotten Children of Burma”

2007