Sebastian Steveniers

Bosfights - Live Free

Bosfights - Live Free documents secret meetings of the ANTWERP-TILBURG football hooligans in Belgium and The Netherlands. 
By gaining the trust of the fighters, I was granted unique access to document these fight clubs. He shows you a world of violence, camaraderie, aggression, and vulnerability. 
It also raises the question how far the boundaries between a photographer and his subject can become blurred. 

In April 2018, he was arrested because the police and court did not believe that he was investigating this subculture, but rather that he was involved himself. All images were confiscated and are still in the hands of the police today. He was able to recover a small part of the thousands of photos taken and combined them with newspaper articles, his interrogations, police statements, testimonies, screenshots, and the diary of his captivity to finalize the project.

In the end, he became part of his own work.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Pernot Ricard
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture