b. 1992, New-York, as a French-American citizen. Lives and works in Paris.

Paul Hennebelle explores through his photographic work the multiple definitions of identity and the fragility of belonging to the territory. In an unstable world of mobility and uncertainty, he explores how the changing environment reflects the inner space of young individuals.

He first work on these themes in Transeo, where each image questions the very identity of the author. Blurring the tracks as to their veracity in the story, he develops a self-narrative allowing him to affirm his identity between history and fiction, the feeling of belonging and denial. He self-published the eponymous book in 2017.

Then, from 2016 to 2021, in Goodbye Beirut, he explores a suspended youth, stuck in a transitional world in collapse. The city being where the transformation takes place, he questions its very definition to draw a parallel with his youth. This work was supported by the CNAP in 2021 through a grant, and was exhibited numerous times, through solo and collective exhibitions.

Paul Hennebelle's work is a work of assembling fragile, meticulously articulated images. It is a work of confrontation of elements of an antinomic nature: two types of representations are entwined, two opposite worlds. The old and the new, ruins and stable foundations. His images are both open doors to uncertain horizons, but also walls.He is currently working on a new project called Déluge that further develops these themes.

 Solo exhibitions :

2020 : Brown Eyes and Sand, Galerie Variation - Paris
2019 : Brown Eyes and Sand, Institut Français du Liban - Beirut
2017 : Transeo, Contretype - Brussels

Selected collective exhibitions :

2024 : All in, Galerie au Roi, Paris
2023 : Goodbye Beirut, Festival 9PH, Lyon
2022 : Goodbye Beirut, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
2021 : Les Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème - Paris
2019 : Der Greif x Berlin Photo Week - Berlin
2018 : Musée de la Photographie de Bruxelles - Brussels, Antwerp, Arles
2017 : Le 75 se livre, Galerie Peinture Fraîche - Brussels
2017 : Scouting around Westhoek, Galerie Sattelite - Liege
2017 : Radical, Institut Français du Liban - Beirut
2016 : 40 ans des hôpitaux de l’UCL, musée du cinquantenaire - Brussels
2016 : collective exhibition of Le 75, Musée Juif - Brussels
2016 : Transeo, musée des Beaux-arts de Bruxelles BOZAR - Brussels
2016 : Scouting around Westhoek, festival Images Singulières - Sètes
2015 : Europalia, Munt Punt - Brussels
2015 : Illusion, journée de l’architecture - Tournai
2015 : collective exhibition of Le 75, Canal Wharf - Brussels
Award/Residency :

2021: CNAP grant for documentary photography, CNAP - Paris
2017 : three months residency at Haven for Artists - Beirut
2016 : Prix propositions d’artistes Contretype - Brussels

Publications :

2017 : Transeo, self-published artist book, thanks to : Contretype Centre Photographique de Bruxelles, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Commune de Saint-Gilles, Cocof

Education :

2022 : SHIFT #2, support program for visual artists, AMAC agency, Paris
2013-2016 : Photography bachelor ESA LE 75, Brussels
2010-2012 : Higher Institute of Architecture Saint-Luc Tournai, Belgium
2010 : Artistic diploma of Saint-Luc Tournai, Belgium