Yves De Brabander
Yves De Brabander is an Antwerp-based photographer and filmmaker whose training and initial achievements in fine art photography have more recently been complemented by a growing reputation as a fashion photographer. Even in his initial bodies of work he often introduced vehemently sensual subject matter, yet the erotic is often shown as coexisting side-by-side with its own self-conscious reflection. In the particular staging and through odd domestic or other elements introduced into his images there is a recognition of the erotic as an impossible idea; that in trying to realise the ultimate image of the erotic, there is always some element of the realisation that will forever draw the reality back into the realm of Readers Wives. Sexuality may be normative and normalised and yet, simultaneously, this is what divorces it from the entirely cerebral form of excitement that seemingly simple images can produce. Neither his fashion nor non-fashion works are easily placed into a single category. Drawing on art history, erotic traditions or the iconography of other media forms – such as cinema- they often have a narrative aspect built into their manifestation without ever being transparently illustrative or suggesting a singular reading.
Yves works in close artistic collaboration with the Belgian men's wear designer Cedric Jacquemyn, as well as forming an integral part of the digital and boutique team at RA Antwerp.