Graduated in Social Communications (IHECS, Brussels) and in Documentary Photography & Digital Storytelling (UPVD, Perpignan), Caroline developed her passion for photography as her preferred medium of expression. Her predilection goes to social themes strongly rooted in « human » and the sharing of experiences (as a participant-observer).
In 2002, she fell in love with Congo at a photo contest organized by Nescafé to travel to any country in the world. Since then, she has produced numerous articles published in the Belgian and European press: Le Point, Jeune Afrique, Paris Match. be, Le Soir, La Libre Belgique, Le Vif l’Express, Knack magazine, NRC Handelsblad, Métro, la Dernière Heure, Imagine, L'Echo…
Versatile, Caroline also enjoys telling stories through other media. Whether in video (three documentaries & corporate films to her credit); writing (as an author of press articles and of « Le Petit Futé » travel guides devoted to DR Congo) ; or transmedia (co-director of the webdocumentary « En son âme et conscience », awarded at the Festival International du Film d’ Environnement of Paris).
In 2014, she started a long-term project documenting the journey of young legionnaires that she followed as closely as possible, since their arrival and training in the 4th Regiment of the Foreign Legion (exhibition during the « Contre-Champs » festival in Carcassonne, in Brussels…).
Since 2015, she has been developing new documentary projects in Ukraine and Poland. And continues its activities as a freelance photographer, author and director for personal projects or assignments (press, corporate films, NGO’s…). With the same leitmotiv : trying to understand the world as it goes, by immersing herself in contexts that are ‘a priori’ distant or complex. And for ideally adventurous projects.
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Marcel, or « the Praise of Folly »
An anachronistic portrait of a character unlike any other : Marcel, 72 years old, considered as the « village idiot » by the other villagers, but also an artist of rough art. His mission? He collects stones from the surrounding fields, washes them, sorts them, and then assembles them according to what his inspiration dictates, so that they can find their « original » form: either a Virgin or a Saint Nicholas. Impregnated with religious and popular art, Marcel takes this activity very seriously, redecorating the campaigns of altars and chapels, as at the time of the religious processions of his childhood which definitely marked him. He tirelessly travels the streets of his village with his wheelbarrow and accompanied by his faithful – and unique – companion, his dog Crotti.
Justice for kids
Juveniles are tried by adult courts until the promulgation of the 2009 Congolese Child Protection Act, and are now, in principle, brought before special courts. But most of the juvenile courts created in the Democratic Republic of the Congo do not have the means to function.
Safari ya Ngombe, African cowboys
Haut-Lomani, Katanga (DR Congo), 1st of June 2014. A trek starts from the ranch of the GRELKA company in Luniemo (Kamina), which will lead a herd of 500 cows and oxen along the mythical National 1 until his destination: the Biano ranch, near Likasi and Kolwezi. A distance of 450 km hiked for twenty days by the cattle and the forty men who accompany : the herdsmen or « trekkers ». An incredible adventure, which takes place several times a year, where men and animals face together the weather, dust, rigours and risks of such a journey through the Katanga bush. The use of these ancestral treks can be explained by the defective condition of the roads and rail which no longer allow the animal to be transported through it. These cattle drives aim to supply local meat to the main cities of the province and meet the growing beef demand of workers and local population, following the economical boom of the region.