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Children fascinate me with their quirky nature and the strength of their gaze, so I love to photograph them. I capture their authentic character. Beyond the obvious, beyond the smile. I allow myself to be intuitively guided by what touches me or makes me curious. I am fascinated by atypical features and authenticity, by the beauty of the unusual. Nature is an important source of inspiration for me.


My work is a search for identity and depth. Who are we in this world, with all our qualities and so-called flaws? I want to get things moving, question the status quo, break through stigmas. Photography is the language which allows me to connect my internal and external worlds and reduce the chaos in my head. By means of my work, I wish to challenge people to see the beauty of apparent imperfection, the strength of vulnerability, the harmony of disparity.


Emilie Bonjé


2004-2008   Master of Visual Arts | Transmedia, Luca School of Arts Ghent, Diploma with distinction

2003-2004   Visual Arts | Painting, Luca School of Arts Ghentpassed and switched to a different course

Thesis: “Physical and Mental Aspects of Depth Perception in Art”


March 2016

‘Emile, the beauty of imperfection’, hard cover, 144 pages, ISBN 9789082504705

Competitions & awards

December 2016

Fotonale Brugge 2016

Title: Skin 1

Jury: Erik Derycke, hoofdredacteur fotografiemagazine Shoot. Jean Godecharle, fotograaf, Michiel Hendryckx, fotograaf en auteur, Elviera Velghe, directeur Fotomuseum Antwerpen.


September 2014

Twens | Unexposed 2014, Leuven.

Titles: Construction N°12, Construction N°13

Jury: Kaat Celis, pictures editor at De Morgen, Yves Petry, author, Johan Van Cauwenbergh, culture expert at Klara.


March 2010

32nd International Photo Festival 2010, Knokke-Heist.

Titles: Construction N°2, Construction N°8, Construction N°10

Jury: International jury


March 2010

One work selected during the preselections for the Canvas Collection.

Title: Construction N° 12

Jury: Selection committee compiled by the S.M.A.K


August 2008

Prize winner: Emerging Talents from Belgian Schools of Photography 2008.

Portfolio: Construction

Jury/patron: Inge Henneman


March 2008

Three works selected during the preselections for the Canvas Collection.

Titles: Multiple Perspective N°1 / Multiple Perspective N°2 / Multiple Perspective N°3

Jury: Selection committee compiled by S.M.A.K


December 2007

Winner: All True Artists art competition

Titles: Perspective N°1 / Perspective N°2 / Perspective N°3

Jury: Luc Tuymans, Dieter Roelstraete, Les Hommes, Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen, Martijn Vogelaers and Alex Salinas


November 2007

Prize winner: All True Artists art competition

Titles: Perspective N°1 / Perspective N°2 / Perspective N°3

Jury: Members of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp


December 2017

Solo Exhibition, CC De Velinx, Tongeren


May 2017

Group exhibition, De Ververij, Ronse


December 2016

Fotonale Brugge 2016, Bruges


May 2016

Skin II, Het Objectief, Ghent


March 2016

Solo exhibition entitled ‘Emile, the beauty of imperfection’, St Nicholas’ Church, Ghent


September 2014
Photo circuit Unexposed 2014, Twens, group exhibition by the prize winners

30CC Kapel Romaanse Poort Leuven.


December 2012
Beeldruim Exposeert, Beeldruim group exhibition, Huset, Ghent


July 2012
Beeldruim group exhibition, Shop Window Art Exhibition, Meerseniersstraat, Ghent


December 2011
Solo exhibition, Sint-Lucas Hospital, Ghent


November 2011
Surface, Re-Found group exhibition, photography and other media, Van Crombrugge Society, Ghent


November 2011
Shop Window Art Exhibition, Meerseniersstraat, Ghent


August 2011
Pop-up art sale by AmuseeVous, Gandavus Portus Art Boat, Ghent


March – June 2010
’32nd International Photo Festival 2010′, Knokke-Heist 2010


January 2010
Opa’s First B-day, Mechelen


July – August 2009
Group exhibition organised by View Magazine, Le Botanique, Brussels


May 2009
Caleidoscope, Drongen


November – December 2008
Out of Control, VUB Galerie Y’


October 2008

3 in 1, Nuit Blanche 2008, Brussels Park


September – October 2008
Emerging Talents from Belgian Schools of Photography, La Cambre, Brussels


July 2008

Alles Kan Festival, Ghent Festivities


June 2008

Master’s Marathon, Sint-Lucas Gent

End of year exhibition with 50 hours of uninterrupted activities. Curator: Stef van Bellingen


June 2008

Extra Etage, Extra City Antwerp


March – July 2008

Art in the hospital, Algemeen Stedelijk Ziekenhuis Wetteren


December 2007

Vernissage of the All True Artists exhibition at Lucy, Antwerp.

All True Artists is a competition for young and new art talents. It was organised in the context of JUBILEE, celebrating 20 years of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp


November 2007

One-off pop-up exhibition by the prize winners of All True Artists


April 2007

Bevangen exhibition, Vismijn, Nieuwpoort


March 2007

Slachthuisstraat Project, Ghent


January 2006

Reflux Tactile Box, Ghent Opera Studio


January 2005

Film project, Vooruit Gent