René Habermacher is Swiss-born, Paris-based and Greek at heart. His work investigates the question of identity, heritage, gender and race.
As illustrator turned photographer and filmmaker, he works as a multidisciplinary switch artist. He famously lensed Naomi Campbell as Black Athena for the cover of Vogue Hellas 2004 Olympics issue, before collaborating with Dakis Ioannou’s DESTE foundation, Marina Abramovic, Dimitris Papaioannou, Bob Wilson and Lynsey Peisinger among others.
Commissioned by various international publications, he was selected as one of the photographers throughout a century to represent his generation in “Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast”. His work has been exhibited at the Parco Museum Tokyo, the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography, the MOCA Los Angeles, the FIT New York City and currently at HEM Amsterdam.
René Habermacher is co-writing a fiction series supported by a grant from the French National Center of Cinema (CNC) on colonial France and its involvement to slavery. For his short film project „BLACK ACHILLES“ he received the support of the Greek Film Center In 2021.
In collaboration with Lynsey Peisinger and Antoine Asseraf he realised the 76 minute performance film „I WANT“, released in 2021 and the online project „WE ARE THE EYE“, both on the fallout of Covid 19 isolation.
„WE ARE THE EYE“ was awarded “British Journal of Photography Edition 365” award, together with the self portrait project “CLOSETOPIA” in 2022.
René spends his time between Paris and Athens where he recently took on working with clay. His “TRANS-HERMA” sculptures were part of the 2022 group exhibition FORTHCOMING III at Space52 in Athens.