Belgium is a State that unites two peoples that, to start with, had absolutely nothing in common. Belgium – a country mid-way between Latin and Germanic cultures. 180 years of stormy, tense, difficult relations… Today the Flemish Nation-State that has become rich wants its economic independence, convinced that it will do better once it has got rid of the “millstone” of the Walloons.
This work aims to compose a personal portrait of this territory and to seek out homo belgicus, if indeed he exists. This study will endeavour to show a Belgium of faces, looks, local customs, everyday moments and landscapes.
Cédric Gerbehaye, a member of the VU agency, trained as a journalist. Photography became essential to him as a form of writing which he began to exercise in 2002 when he chose to work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He then extended this work by spending time in Palestinian and Israeli territories. He also took an interest in the Kurdish issue both in Turkey and in Iraq. In 2006, he received two awards in the Prix Photographie Ouverte from the Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi. In 2007, he took part in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and his report Gaza : Pluies d’été received special acclaim from the Bayeux-Calvados war correspondents award.
He then went to Burundi and to the Central African Republic and began his series of reports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For this work, Congo in limbo, he received seven international distinctions in 2008, including one World Press Photo award, the Amnesty International Media Award and the Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. Congo in limbo is also a book, published in 2010, and a website: www.congoinlimbo.com
Since July 2010, he has been taking a more specific interest in South Sudan with the support of the Magnum Foundation and the Pulitzer Center.