Since 2003 Lybeer photographs the experience of today’s living in a highly artificial world. Her early works focus on the staged and controlled environments of gated communities and theme parks. Recently she photographed people who define their identity through codes and masquerades, demonstrating membership of one group while distancing themselves from mainstream society. As a photographer Lybeer combines the curiosity of the journalist researching actual phenomena – symptoms of the global, capitalist crisis – the empathy of the detective infiltrating enclosed worlds, and the sensibility to capture the way fiction transforms reality.
Charlotte Lybeer (1981, Roeselare) studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Ghent and the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Antwerp. Lybeer’s photography projects were widely exhibited nationally as well as abroad, published in leading journals and magazines and documented through her website charlottelybeer.be. Currently she is working on a PhD in visual arts (Lifestyle Supermarket) and is teaching photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
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