PATRICK WILLOCQ is a French self-taught photographer who grew up in Democratic Republic of Congo and has lived 35 years abroad. It was a return trip to Congo in 2009 that made him devote himself fully to photography, a thirty-year commitment.
Willocq’s work is characterized by imagination, the art of metamorphosing reality and a practice which aligns aesthetic with ethics with the subjects being entirely part of his creative process. His artistic practice can be read as a hybrid between ethnology, sociology, performance, installation, video and photography, and described as participatory theatricality with carefully composed performative stagings entirely constructed in situ (jungle, village, refugee camp).
His work has been nominated, finalist or winner of various international awards including SFR Paris Photo 2012, Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 and 2017, Discovery Award Rencontres d'Arles 2014, Sony World Photo Awards 2016, Prix Coup de Coeur HSBC for Photography 2016,
Exhibited at Paris Photo, AIPAD New York, Context Art Miami, Photo Basel, Joburg Art Fair, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, his work has been published by among others CNN, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Paris Match, Stern, FOAM, the British Journal of Photography.
My story is a story of hope
The human story of two communities, French and asylum seekers, who,
due to events beyond their control, are obliged to live together.
Manuel-Rivera Ortiz Foundation / Rencontres d'Arles 2018