34, Rue Emile Carpentier
A Photo Book Project by Irene Occhiato and Arnaud Beelen

“34, Rue Emile Carpentier”
A Photo Book Project by Irene Occhiato and Arnaud Beelen

The Project Statement
Back in the day, at 34 rue Émile Carpentier, the air was filled with the smell of white spirit and ink used to freeze words on paper. Today, this former printing house is filled with the scent of sweat, with energy and sounds.

«34, Rue Émile Carpentier» is a long series of photographs taken at Tictac Art Centre, a cultural centre dedicated to dance and visual arts, and more particularly to the practices of instantaneous composition and improvisation.

This project is not only the documentation of a space, ephemeral movements, diverse bodies and a heterogeneous public. Rather, it is the convergence of different temporalities, a dialogue between two fields, photography and dance. A dynamic exchange between the speed of movement, the reflex of capturing the moment, the hiatus of editing and the permanence of printing on paper.

After spending two years capturing the life of the place, immersed in daily life, this project wants to tell the chronicle of a period to the rhythm of snapshots, a choreography of images based on fleeting moments, stolen glances, dreamy expectations and overflowing emotions.

The Book
Format: 320 x 225 mm
200 pages.
contains 220 previously unseen images
Print on Fedrigoni paper
Swiss style binding

The book was launched during Tictac’s 5th Anniversary week (14-20 Aug 2023).
Visit the project website here for more information.

About the Authors
Irene first learned photography using a Pentax that her father passed on to her. Thanks to this old analog camera, she discovered her attraction to light. Alongside her career as a professional dancer, she pursued photography as her main passion. She eventually found a way to merge these two passions by focusing on shooting performances.

Arnaud trained as a graphic designer, photography has always had a central place in his work, for the last 10 years he has been dividing his time between graphic design and photography, with Belgian and international dancers/performers as his favourite subject.

Available to pick-up at Tictac or sending within Europe.
(For intercontinental orders write to info@tictacartcentre.com)

Tictac Art Centre will not have any financial gain from the sale of the book, all the money will go directly to the project.