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Adrien Selbert

Photographer, filmmaker, multimedia editor, born in 1985, member of Agence VU' since 2017, based in Paris (France)

Graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Nantes and the Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Adrien Selbert overcomes the conventional limits imposed by images to show the contemporary world, its youth and diversity, in a sensitive relationship to time and substance.

In 2005, at twenty years old, he discovers Bosnia - a country that "jumped in his face" and that he has been documenting ever since.

In 2010, he directs with Aude Léa Rapin "Nino's Place": this 52-minute documentary, awarded Best Grand Reportage at the Geneva International Film Festival of Human Rights, deals with the tireless struggle of a mother to find the body of her dead son Nino, a radio journalist who disappeared during the first days of the capture of Srebrenica in 1995.

With "Srebrenica, nuit à nuit” (Srebrenica, Night to Night), he reveals, through photography, the specificity of young Bosnians’ lives who evolve in the heart of the vestiges of a war that they had not lived but to which they are systematically brought back. "His images of Srebrenica are spare and silent. They are sometimes reminiscent of the work of the great American artist Edward Hopper, whose still, sharply illuminated canvases captured some essence of human melancholy and solitude. Like Hopper, Selbert deploys realism so powerful that it takes the viewer beyond the surface into interior lives. This is realism intensely imagined, full of a revelatory fatalism." writes the New York Times editorialist Roger Cohen to accompany the monograph published by Le Bec en l'Air in 2016.

In 2020, his series "Les Bords réels" (The Real Shores) is an extension of his long-term project on Bosnia. Twenty-five years after the Dayton Accords and the end of the conflict, "'Les Bords réels' is a state of time more than a state of play. It's a long-term wandering haunted by this question: is there an after to the post-war period ? It is meant to reflect the image of the country it crosses: fragmentary, vibrant and chaotic. »

In parallel with his personal work, in the Balkans, but also in France with notably "Prince Jordan", a fiction he directs in 2019 about young people facing a disaster, Adrien Selbert puts his documentary know-how and the singularity of his artistic vision at the service of the Press (Libération, Télérama, Néon, etc.), the cultural world (music labels, theater and dance companies, etc.), companies (fashion and luxury, etc.) or institutions (high schools, etc.).

He is regularly exhibited and published, and his work has been distinguished with numerous awards and grants (Best Grand Reportage Award of the FIFDH, Prix Maison Blanche de la Photographie Contemporaine, the Freelens International Award for New Writings, MENTOR Jury Award, Emerging Talent Awards of LensCulture, grant to support contemporary documentary photography of the CNAP, Multimedia grant of the SCAM, etc.).


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Series

Paris, « Yellow Vests » protests, “act IV” (2018)

On December 8, the fourth consecutive Saturday of the yellow vests movement took place in Paris and showed the extent to which the protests are growing. New gatherings and confrontations between demonstrators and police forces have stirred up the capital. After the damage and violence of the previous week, the Ministry of the Interior had deployed 8,000 police officers, doubling their strength. This unusual measure resulted in the arrest of approximately 1,000 people, just over 900 of whom were taken into police custody.

Fashion Week de Paris (2018)

During Paris Fashion Week, Adrien Selbert followed the fashion shows of Dior, Lacoste, Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent for the autumn-winter 2018/19 ready-to-wear collections. Between collages, transparencies and superimpositions, Adrien Selbert recomposes his pictures for Libération.

Like a muslim in New York (2017)

August 2016. France is entangled in the Burkini controversy. An incomprehensible polemic on the other side of the Atlantic. On 13 August, an imam and his assistant were shot dead by a man in a street in Ozone Park in Queens. I'm in New York and decide to go there. I began to photograph the different districts of the city where New Yorkers of Muslim faith lived. This is the beginning of a long-term project aimed at documenting American-style Islam in the heart of the big apple.

Belgrade, Year Zero 17 (2017)

The cold snap which sweeps across Western Europe these days has been pounding the East since several weeks. It particularly threatens the migrants trying to get to the countries within the Schengen area. Adrien Selbert went to Belgrade where a thousand migrants try to survive in an abandoned factory behind the train station of the capital city of Serbia. By minus 20°C, huddling together to warm up, and only having simple blankets and wood fire, the conditions of living are way below the dignity line. While the Balkan route is closed since March 2016, some of them still try to go to Hungary from Serbia and are violently pushed back. The Hungarian government has decided to fortify the...

Srebrenica, from night to night (2015)

On July 11 1995, the town of Srebrenica (Bosnia) fell into the hands of the Serbian army. The former spa town became the scene of the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. 20 years later, the city commemorates the tragedy and still buries its dead. A new generation has emerged. She has the genocide’s age.

Books

Srebrenica, nuit à nuit

On 9th July 1995, the Serbian army attacked Srebrenica’s Muslim ghetto. Nearly 8,000 people were massacred in three days. In Bosnia, and in the rest of the world, the former spa town becomes the symbol of former Yugoslavia's barbarity. Twenty years after what remains the greatest slaughter in Europe after the Second World War, the city’s history seems frozen in obscurity. A new generation, however, is travelling its ruins and learning as much as it can from its consequences.
This series of photographs by Adrien Selvert, annotated with text by New York Times journalist Roger Cohen, has won numerous awards including the Prix Maison Blanche 2015.
Text by: Roger Cohen

Publisher: Le Bec en l'air (2016)
88 pages
Size: 19 x 25 cm  

Awards


    2020 - Prix Nouvelles écritures 2020

    2015 - Grant Winner of Emerging Talent Awards LensCulture

    2015 - Prix Maison Blanche of Contemporary Photography

    2015 - Prix International des Nouvelles Ecritures

    2015 - Special Mention of the Moscow International Foto Awards, in the category "documentary"

    2015 - Jury Prize MENTOR Freelens / SCAM Session #1

    2015 - 2nd Prize "Fisheye" of the Rencontres d'Arles

Exhibitions



Srebrenica, nuit à nuit (Nyon)
From 2017-04-23 to 2017-06-11

SREBRENICA, LA BELLE, LA PAISIBLE. Convoitée dans la Yougoslavie de Tito pour ses sources thermales et la qualité de son air, Srebrenica a longtemps prospéré sur ses mines qui donnèrent à la cité son nom : la ville d’argent.Après l’épisode macabre de la guerre, l’argent s’est remis à couler dans la ville. Mais les sources thermales, elles, n’ont jamais rouvert.Devenue le symbole de la barbarie serbe comme de l’inanité de l’ONU à arrêter un génocide dans une zone dite « protégée », la ville a vécu pendant 20 ans sous généreuses perfusions des ONG. L’aide internationale a notamment permis...

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