Lieve Blancquaert (°1963) studied film and photography at KASK Gent and works since 1985 as a freelance photographer for different newspapers and magazines.
Blancquaert's work is full of social commitment and the fight against injustice, especially against women.
She has already worked for Kom op tegen Kanker (Belgian fight against cancer campaign), Oxfam Fair Trade and Plan International.
She has made and collaborated on about 20 fascinating books, such as Vrouw – Woman (2003, Lannoo - with texts by Betty Mellaerts on being a woman and growing older), Insjallah, mevrouw – Insjallah, Ms. (2004, Roularta Books - a series of 'encounters with(out) the burka' by Annemie Struyf), Mijn status is positief – My status is positive (2006, Globe - about the AIDS problem in Europe and Africa), Voorbij de grens – Beyond the border (2008, Lannoo - about the journey of 10 people and their disabilities), Fotograaf – Photographer (2008, Lannoo – a selection of 25 years of photographic work), Mijn zachtste huid. Over leven met brandwonden – My softest skin. About life with burns (2009, Lannoo – a memorable portrait of patients with burns), Birth Day (2012 – about how the world welcomes its children), Wedding Day (2015 – about how we love each other), Last Days (2017 – about how the world says goodbye) and Circle of Life (2019 – about the universal tipping points in a human life).
Blancquaert has exhibited her work multiple times in many different places. In 2003 there was the exhibition Vrouw – Woman, which then toured Flanders and the Netherlands. In 2004, you could admire photos from Insjallah, Mevrouw – Insjallah, Madam. For Plan International she made the international exhibition 1 op 3 bestaat niet – 1 out of 3 doesn’t exist. In 2008, she published a retrospective exhibition entitled Fotograaf - Photographer. For Museum M in Leuven, she made the exhibition Ecce Homo of Ziedaar de mens – Ecce Homo or to behold the man in 2016. In 2019, the trilogy Birth Day, Wedding Day and Last Days resulted in the retrospective Circle of Life at Saint Peter's Abbey in Ghent. In the Guislain Museum in Ghent in 2020 there was the exhibition Between us about people living with an addiction.
On Belgian television Blancquaert participated in De Laatste Show, Zomer 2005, Zomer 2006, De film van mijn leven, and made different docuseries such as Voorbij de grens – Beyond the limit, Birth Day, Wedding Day, Last Days, Hou me nog eens vast – Hold me once again, En toen was het stil – and then it was silent and Let’s talk about sex. Mirakel nr 71, Het laatste portret – The last portrait and Wij Europeanen – We Europeans will be broadcasted in 2023 and 2024. Birth Day was broadcasted in the Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico, Poland and Brazil.
Books by Blancquaert are published by Hannibal and a sampling of Blancquaert's work can be found on www.lieve-blancquaert.be. She also gives lectures and talks on request through booking agency Rumoer www.rumoer.be.