Free Now | Pierre Liebaert

2017 / exhibition / year

1st – 30th June 2017

Free Now was part of the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival, the Photographic Biennial for the island of Ireland. In 2017 the Festival took as its inspiration the visual politics of sexuality and the ways in which the camera could be used to construct and deconstruct gender binaries.

Pierre Liebaert invited exhibition visitors to a strange in-camera experience. In response to an ad placed by Pierre, models volunteered to pose nude and anonymously before the camera. By posing nude and masked, revealing imperfect bodies at odds with the standards of erotic photography, the male models had nothing else in mind but to abandon themselves to the gaze of the other. The resulting photographs exhibited at QSS documented their momentary freedom.