Les Artistes

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Bâ, Alioune
 "States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1959 in Mali. Lives and works in Bamako.

The beauties of the African continent, the people, the ceremonial rituals and traditional festivities, especially from his native Mali, constitute the main subject of Alioune Bâ’s photographs. His aim is to show a positive image of Africa, unlike what is usually disseminated by the media. “This work is complex in today’s society, because the Africa I defend ignores me. My message is not understood. But now I try to exchange and share my knowledge with the younger generation… One must be educated to access the visual language. With illiteracy in Africa, the picture has always been the best communication tool,” says Bâ. His photographs focus on texture and rhythm, mixing abstract patterns with naturalism.

 


 
Bächli, Silvia
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1956 in Switzerland. Lives and works in Basel and Paris.

Silvia Bächli’s body of work, strongly influenced by contemporary graphic design, is based on the concept of the line as the sum of all the points and the origin of all that comes after. The lines she draws create atmospheric landscapes behind imaginary windows, evoking visions with different chromatic scales and hidden forms. Working with the most basic materials – ink, crayon, gouache and white paper – she makes spare and ethereal drawings and paintings that hint at fleeting moments and movements.

 

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Bader, Darren
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1978 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Darren Bader’s body of work gives ready-made a new dimension by calling into question notions of originality, quality and art market. “My art is about what I think art might be about. By this I think I mean that there’s this quantity/entity that people consider to be art, and my wish to (make) art involves trying to figure out the locus of this quantity/entity. (…) In any case, I guess my art is about metaphysics and the world we live in.” Bader’s work underlines the attention on the contemporary art culture and his doubts about its terms of engagement.

 

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Baelen, Steven
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013, "Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1981 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.

The immediate surroundings of Steven Baelen are the most important source of inspiration for his dense filled drawings, that he rather calls ‘notes’. Although at first glance his drawings appear very accurate and full of details, they are always a subjective interpretation of the reality he depicts. According to curator Francesco Bernardelli, his creations are characterized by a certain quiet, introspective attitude. “Baelen's ensemble of works is rich in little hidden surprises (when not almost treasures), not so easy or immediate to be recognized.” His drawings are works of art by themselves, but they might also be the basis for more abstract paintings.

 

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Baldessari, John
"States of Mind" january - march 2013, "Young Collectors" september - december 2013, "Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1931 in the USA. Lives and works in California.

Combining images, paintings and words, John Baldessari creates visual juxtapositions that challenge meanings. He upends commonly held expectations of how images function, often by drawing the viewer's attention to minor details, absences or spaces between things. Throughout the whole of his career, Baldessari's sharp insights into the conventions of art production, the nature of perception and the relationship of language to mass-media imagery are tempered by a keen sense of humor.

 

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Ball, Barry X
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1955 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Non-figurative artist Barry X Ball radically changed his practice in 1997 by starting a portrait sculpture project on which he is still working. These sculptures are made in rare stones that are too fragile to be sculpted in a traditional way; the means he uses combines different high-technological processes such as 3-dimensional scanning, computer-controlled milling and carving machines. Many months of work, sometimes a whole year, can be spent on making these figures. The association of the first medium of the sculpture, the stone, in the most recent technological breakthroughs can be seen as an intense summary of Art History.

 

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Balleux, Stephan
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013,

"Red" september - december 2012

Born in Belgium in 1974, he lives and works in Brussels.

Stephan Balleux’s work is articulated around pictorial perception and the conceptual idea of painting. Working with different techniques (drawing, painting, sculpture, video and special effects), the artist creates various experiences. From these experiences emerges an image, in constant change, erasing any temporality. The artist deals with how painting is positioned in the digital age. He investigates the relationship between a traditional form of representation – painting – with contemporary forms of images’ production such as 3D virtual images and computer-manipulated images. His approach is historical and thematic, analytical and emotional, all together reflecting on the present and the future of painting.

 

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Balula, Davide
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Annecy (France) in 1978, he lives and works in Paris and New York.

Davide Balula studied contemporary music at the conservatorium of music and dance of Annecy, plastic arts at the Art School of Annecy and at the Decorative Arts of Strasbourg and at ENSAPC. He likes to turn raw materials into art, considering it just as important. Exposing his canvases to the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water - the transformation of his canvasses are just as much part of his work as the result. ‘I take inspiration in the national phenomena’, says the artist. He also considers the public’s interaction with his work important. Davide Balula’s work is present in several museums and public collections such as the Fonds national d'art contemporain and the Centre Georges Pompidou. ”

 

 
Banine, Palli
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1972 in Iceland. Lives and works in Brussels.

Palli Banine’s body of work encompasses performance, installation, sculpture, and drawing. More recently he has been working on a series of drawings loosely inspired by Los Caprichos (1797-1798), a set of 80 aquatint prints by Francisco Goya, in which he acidly criticized the Spanish society he lived in. Banine’s method of creation consists first in collecting images from different sources, like postcards, newspapers, and advertising. He then attempts, at the same time, to preserve and rejuvenate them by redrawing, transforming their original purpose and meaning on the process. The result are pieces often full of recognizable symbols and motifs that inspire the viewer to develop his own version of a myth or story.

 


 
Barbier, Gilles
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1965 in France. Lives and works in Marseille.

Gilles Barbier's work – which includes sculptures, drawings, photographs and installations – is based on principles of doubt, polysemy and ambivalence. Barbier is inspired by disciplines as diverse as philosophy, plastic art, psychoanalysis and comic strips. With his creations, filled with humor, the artist questions notions of reality, identity and copy.

 


 
Barclay, Per
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1955 in Norway. Lives and works in Paris.

The work of Per Barclay focuses on daily tensions and is influenced by Edward Munch emotionally laden paintings. After spending some time in Italy and coming through Arte Povera, he started to use in his works, oil and water as artistic elements, as well as steel and glass as structural materials. Barclay likes to play with time and space. In his sculptures, as well as in his photographs, there are no connotations that help recognize the time – unreal- and place – timeless. His attempts are to make the photographic experience into image-object. Human presence and absence are Barclay’s main themes; his approach is a reflection on the human condition, where he tries to exorcise danger, either isolating it in aseptic places or butchering it into its primary elements.

 

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Barilaite, Jurga
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1972 in Lithuania. Lives and works in Vilnius.

From painting and assemblage, Jurga Barilaite gradually moved to video art. The language of painting, history and myths form the basis of most of her works. Barilaitė’s video art is distinctively performative, and reveals strategies of feminine construction. The artist employs her body to deliver messages varying from erotica to aggression, sentimentality to irony.

 


 
Barré, Martin
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1924 in France and died in 1993.

Martin Barré's paintings are mostly white, off-white or clear, with only a few lines or arrows. He painted with tubes, wooden sticks or aerosol paints, all in search of reduction and concentration. The artist created entire series of works and geometric assemblies. He brought together triangles, squares and rectangles, sometimes truncated or tinted, and hung then according to their geometric shape. He also produced photographic installations.

 


 
Basquiat, Jean-Michel
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1960, he died in 1988.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat started creating graffiti art while still a teenager. He became famous for his work under the pseudonym SAMO (for “Same old shit”).  From 1980 onwards, he started exhibiting his work in galleries and quickly became one of the most successful artists of his time. He befriended many artists in the New York art scene, among whom Andy Warhol with whom he collaborated on a series of artworks. He was also a talented musician and often played with his band, Gray. His paintings bring together figuration and abstraction, words, logos and bright colors; the influence of music, graffiti and African-American culture is omnipresent. He died of a drug overdose in 1988, aged 27.


 

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Becher, Bernd & Hilla
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Bernd Becher born in Germany in 1931, he died in 2007; Hilla Becher born in Germany in 1934, she lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Bernd and Hilla Becher met in Düsseldorf in 1959. Together, they developed a photographic oeuvre that focused exclusively on industrial landscapes, first in Germany, then in Europe and in the United States. They systematically photographed elements of 19th century industrial architecture (cooling towers, coal furnaces, oil derricks, etc.) that were slowly being destructed, thus preserving a visual memory of their designs. Their black and white pictures are always taken from the same distant, “objective” point of view; the pictures are then presented in grids, which emphasize the formal similarities as well as the beauty of the architecture. The Bechers are often described as conceptual or minimal artists, and their work was, interestingly enough, rewarded with the sculpture prize at the 1990 Venice Biennale. The couple is also famous as photography teachers. In 1977, they created the photography department at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where they taught until 1996. Their documentary approach had a major influence on their students, among whom Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer or Thomas Struth, who are today known as the Düsseldorf School of Photography.

 

 
Beecroft, Vanessa
 "Obsession" january - march 2015,
"La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1969 in Italy, she lives and works in Los Angeles.

The work of conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft consists mostly of performances in which female models, nude or dressed in designer clothing, perform in the space and around the audience with every act being recorded. She has staged more than 60 performances around the world, each one created for a specific location and often making references to the political, historical or social context of the place. Although Beecroft almost never appears in her performances, she considers them as a sort of self-portrait or a diary, revolving around issues very close to her, like eating disorders, obsession for fashion and provocative use of nudity.

 

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Beggs, Neal
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1959 in Ireland. Lives and works between France and UK.

Neal Beggs pursues the aim to endlessly push back the boundaries of the art arena until they disappear altogether. By the suppression of borders between art and life, he re-invents the art practice and these unlikely objects that we call ‘art’. What pinpoints Beggs’ work, and what makes it recognizable, is what we might call the motif of climbing; climbing as personal practice – he climbed numerous mountain peaks – and climbing as representational matter or even as life style. The artist, indeed, has adapted his sport practiced to his art-making process.

 

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Beier, Nina
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1975 in Denmark. Lives and Works in Berlin.

Nina Beier’s body of work, which includes different practices, like sculpture and performance, follows her long-standing interest in the social and political problematics of representation. She is particularly concerned with objects that are ‘translated’ from their original context to another one. By staging actions and introducing shifts in an existing context and material, Beier challenges viewers to consider the traditional viewing spaces’ aspects, and to acknowledged audience behaviors about institutional conventions. Her creative process comes from a frustration she feels about the art system: how to fit a living and changing practice into a final framework?

 

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Belin, Valérie
"Pair(s)" September - December 2015,
"Obsession" January - March 2015,
"Red" September - December 2012,"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016


Born in France in 1964, she lives and works in Paris.

French photographer Valérie Belin sees photography as a special tool not for capturing reality but, more modestly or lucidly, the outer casing of a world reduced to subjects. Close scrutiny of objects and beings is central to her works, and partly accounts for her unfailing attachment to photographic recording. Her eye for detail as well as a certain formal minimalism characterizes all of her mostly black and white photographs. Whether photographing bodybuilders, mannequins, models, magicians or still lives, Belin likes to induce doubt in the spectator’s mind, by making living beings look like inanimate or unreal puppets, and vice versa – what Lucian Freud called ‘disturbing strangeness’.


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Bellmer, Hans
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011


Born in 1902 in Poland, he died in 1975.

Hans Bellmer worked in very different media, from object-sculptures, photographs, and paintings to drawings. In the beginning of his career, the artist declared his passionate opposition to the new German state through his drawings of deformed, mutated dolls with unconventional forms and poses – his most famous artworks – that were all directed at the prominent cult of the perfect body in Germany. From his doll-making series he moved to erotic drawings, paintings, and etchings. Bellmer looked for inspiration for these works in literature; his works are full of eroticism and provocation, one of the reasons why many of them had been selected for the Entartete Kunst (“Degenerate Art”) exhibition of 1937.
 
Ben
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


Born in Italy in 1935, he lives and works in Nice.

Ben, whose real name is Benjamin Vautier, is most widely regarded for his text-based paintings. Neo-dada artist, he co-founded, in the sixties, the Fluxus group and published numerous texts. At that time, the artist opened a “shop” in Nice, where he also sold second hand records; it is now at the Pompidou Center. The shop became a meeting place for artists as well as a showcase for his art thus defining himself as a member of appropriation artists’ movement. “I systematically sign everything, which has not yet been signed. I think art is in the intent and that it only needs to be signed.” Ben’s writings have become his trademark and his sign of recognition.

 

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Benassi, Elisabetta
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Italy in 1966, she lives and works in Rome.

Elisabetta Benassi creates installations, photographs, performances and videos that question our contemporary identity and history and encourage us to see history from a different perspective. She is interested in forgotten histories or facts that reveal complex cultural processes and transformations. Benassi thus studies the narrative and technological systems through which we construct a collective memory, and gives an aesthetic, political and psychic sense to individual experiences.


 

 
Benes, Barton Lidice
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1942 in the USA and died in 2012.

Barton Lidice Benes captured the art world’s attention with his distinctive collages and sculptures made of materials such as shredded bills, intravenous tubes, pills, HIV positive blood and ashes of cremated friends. His controversial creations have been arousing both enthusiasm and aversion. Not afraid of being provocative, Benes transformed fragments of our throwaway culture into works of art that often addressed taboo subjects such as AIDS epidemic, money and death. His Dadaistic sense of humor makes light even the darkest themes, included his own HIV positive status that he explored in his Lethal Weapons exhibition in the 1990’s. When dealing with controversial content, the artist focused on an ironical and personal approach, letting the frail beauty of art and life prevail.

 


 
Berengo Gardin, Gianni
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1930 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

A keen observant of everyday life, Gianni Berengo Gardin has been documenting it through his more than 60 years of career. His photographs map modern Italy, from factory workers to the protests of 1968, from Sicilian gypsies to a kissing couple in Venice. He has a clear preference for black and white film – mostly because he believes that color distracts from the main subject – and for wide-angle lens, which give “more information.” None of his images are digitally manipulated. Berengo Gardin has always adopted the realistic sensibility of photojournalism: maintaining an unpolished sensibility, capturing the reality and telling the truth. Gardin though, does not subscribe like Cartier-Bresson to “the decisive moment” but rather to “long form” producing in his career 250 books in which meaning and narrative emerge from a series, rather than being condensed in one single image.

 


 
Bergé, David
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1983 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at LUCA.


 

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Berlanger, Marcel
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017

Born in Brussels in 1965, where he lives and works.

Marcel Berlanger studied at Saint-Luc and at École de Recherches Graphiques in Bruxelles. Looking at the artist’s work from up close, his work looks nothing more than seemingly random dark spots. However, when the viewer takes a step back, it instantly becomes clear that a larger image has been carefully constructed. Using the traditional grid method, Berlanger evenly and accurately enlarges a small drawing to a much bigger one. Once he has sketched his subject on the grid, the artist fills square after square with paint. Berlanger prefers to paint on a canvas he has put together himself, made out of resin dipped in fiberglass because its pronounced texture evokes the illusion of a pixelated, photographic reproduction.


 

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Bernadet, Jean-Baptiste
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017, "Icon(s)" April - July 2015

Born in Paris in 1978, he lives and works in Brussels.

Jean-Baptiste Bernadet paints fluently in a number of styles - minimal, monochromatic, gestural, impressionistic - and his paintings come in every size. «I don’t feel any certainty about life, so I want my work to reflect that uncertainty», he explains, «I will never be the kind of artist who does one thing.» Bernadet is greatly inspired by music; the artist considers it more direct than any other form of art and searches to translate the intese feeling into painting. Bernadet looks up to his arthistorical precedents, especially their use of color. The artist wants to animate the viewer’s optical experience, and encourage a self-reflection of this experience. Just like the Impressionists’ color mixing and hasty brushwork referred to the industrial age, Bernadet captures our digital age in a mix of saturated pastels and black.


 

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Berni, Antonio
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Argentina in 1905, he died in 1981.

Argentinian artist Antonio Berni started his career as a neo-impressionist painter. He moved to France in 1925 to study painting under painter and printmakers André Lhote and Othon Friesz. While in Paris, he became acquainted with the surrealists, and was particularly influenced by Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte; he also became interested in Marxist and Communist theory. He returned to Argentina in 1930 where he founded the group Nuevo Realismo (‘New Realism’) in reaction to the catastrophic economical state of the country. Berni became famous for his socially engaged, very political art that denounced the living conditions of the poor. By the end of the 1950s, he started creating collages using discarded objects (like bits of metal, paper and cardboard) that he found in the slums. These collages told stories of fictional characters, inspired by the people he met in the slums; the most famous ones are Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel. Berni won the Grand Prix for Printmaking at the Venice Biennale in 1962, with the series Chico pobre de Buenos Aires. He dedicated his prize to Juanito Laguna, symbolic for the children of the many poor families living in the large Latin American cities. Berni explains that Juanito is a “poor boy, but not a poor man, because he has his eyes full of future”. ”

 

 

 
Bernier, Pascal
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013, "Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1960 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Pascal Bernier's body of work is about violence of life, sexuality, childhood and paradoxal feelings. The artist uses and manipulates different representations of animals to take a light-hearted and detached look at social behaviour. In his work, we see the fight for the survival of the species, which includes reproduction, natural selection, and cohabitation with mankind. Dominating relationships, both among animals and between animals and humans, are an on-going theme in his work.

 

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Bertozzi & Casoni
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1957 (Bertozzi) and in 1961 (Casoni) in Italy. Live and work in Imola.

Bertozzi & Casoni is a collaborative artistic partnership set up in 1980 by Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni. Using both tradition and experimentation, they work with a wide range of ceramic materials. From a secular tradition, the Italian ceramic, to new forms and techniques, they developed the use, among others, of the industrial ceramic materials. Their pieces explore the iconography of the ‘vanitas’ and ‘memento mori’ found in Italian and Flemish’s 17th century art. Relying on both tradition and experimentation, Bertozzi & Casoni are engaged in a continuous attempt to free themselves from conventionality and cultural stereotypes attached to the ceramic and to the “so-called” applied arts.
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Bestué, David
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1980 in Spain. Lives and works in Barcelona.

David Bestué’s discourse and artistic practice cannot be dissociated from the heritage of 20th century vanguards movements, from Dadaism to conceptual art. He also explores different references like the works of French philosopher Roland Barthes and Spanish architect Enric Miralles, or elements from everyday life. Bestué makes small changes in public and domestic scenarios, creating absurd situations that question our behavioral conventions. One of his obsessions is the relationship between reality and representation, and how the tensions between them can be made visible in a work of art.

 

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Bevan, Tony
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1951 in England. Lives and works in London.

Painter Tony Bevan, one of Britain’s most distinctive figurative painters, is known for making images in acrylic and charcoal that extent the tradition of expressive figure-based paintings, giving him a distinctive approach to portraiture. He particularly focuses on the human head – and more specifically his own head – frequently enlarged, isolated and usually abstracted and reduced to a structure of vector-lines and marks. His approach to portraiture is, thus, intrinsically subjective, transforming literal appearance through the implication of complex and ambiguous emotion.

 

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Bhabha, Huma
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1962 in Pakistan. Lives and works in Poughkeepsie.

Working with found materials and constructed forms, Huma Bhabha rearranges the familiarity of everyday objects into creepy inventions. Although trained mostly in drawing, printmaking and painting, in the course of her career she focused herself toward sculpture. References to her country of origin and especially to the Pakistan political and social situation are remarkable in her works. Other influences are horror and science fiction movies, particularly monsters and special effects. Bhabha’s art embraces the notions of exoticism, difference and otherness.

 


 
Biasiucci, Antonio
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1961 in Italy. Lives and works in Naples.

Antonio Biasiucci’s work is deeply rooted in the culture of southern Italy. His photographic series explore the power of volcanoes like the Etna as well as ancestral traditions and rituals. The dark and dramatic style of Avant-garde theatre is one of his primary sources of inspiration. One of Biasiucci’s most remarkable works is the Ex-voto series (2007), which perfectly captures the mix of religion and superstition. An ex-voto is an offering to a saint or divinity, given in fulfilment of a vow, in gratitude or devotion. It can take different forms and is usually placed in a church or chapel.

 

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Bijl, Guillaume
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1946 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.

Since the end of the seventies Guillaume Bijl has explored the boundaries separating art and social reality. His inspiration comes from the everyday reality that surrounds him. Much of his work is based on banal, even trivial elements. Bijl’s work can be divided into four categories: the transformation installations (the neutral setting of an art gallery or museum is transformed into an objective, banal and utilitarian reality), the situation installations (concrete interventions in reality, usually part of an art manifestation), the sorry-installations (absurd assemblages of existing objects), and the ‘compositions trouvées’ (compositions of various objects found in reality). Despite this clear division into categories, most of Bijl’s work belongs to several of them simultaneously. What is important to him is not to create an illusion of reality but to make us aware of the illusionary nature of it, by wrenching reality out of its everyday context and placing it in an unexpected setting.

 

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Bismuth, Pierre
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1963, he lives and works in Brussels.

“My art is about the phenomenon of comprehension,” says Pierre Bismuth. The artist likes to play with our perception of the world around us by disrupting and remixing existing codes. By changing small details to every day objects or images (from magazines, movies or newspapers), Bismuth forces the viewer to be critical and to rethink the world that surrounds us. Bismuth uses a wide variety of media, like video, painting and installations. He is also famous for his collaborations with other artists, among which Cyprien Gaillard, Angus Fairhurst or Michel Gondry. In 2005, Bismuth, along with Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

 

 
Bitzer, Matthias
"Young Collectors" September - December 2013,
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016


Born in 1975 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Matthias Bitzer’s body of work encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture. Interested in personal identity, the artist plays with the visual language of modernism, combining figurative portraits with abstract, geometric designs. “The thoughts, considerations, and ideas in the works of Matthias Bitzer circle repeatedly around the question of identity, authenticity, and the construction of reality”, explains art historian Ursula Ströbele. Historical figures in the cultural field, like the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and German composer Kurt Weill, are a constant source of inspiration for him. Bitzer’s works have become increasingly multilayered over the years, while exploring dichotomies like the visible and the hidden, the rational and the emotional and the figurative versus the abstract.

 


 
Blais, Jean-Charles
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1956 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Jean-Charles Blais began painting on reclaimed materials, including posters, cans, cardboards and newspapers. This choice of different materials gradually led him to the systematic use of posters wrenched from billboards as medium. This irregular and solid surface guides the artist in the engraving of great figures, the defects in the support being decisive for his compositions. He situates the human figure at the core of his practice, often pointing to the body’s vulnerability and fragmentation in the modern world. The faces of his characters are always hidden; silhouettes whose identity remains absent. Blais’ creations, of an apparent simplicity, are remarkable by the force of their composition that highlights characters, which seem to want to escape the canvas.

 


 
Blek le rat
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Red" september - december 2012


Born in France in 1951, he lives and works in France.

Blek le rat, born Xavier Prou, is the creator of stencil graffiti art. He began his artistic career in 1981, painting stencils of rats in the streets of Paris. His name was inspired by the cartoon “Blek le roc;” he chose the word rat as an anagram for ‘art.’ Initially influenced by the early American graffiti, Blek le rat developed his own style, focussed on social consciousness and on the desire to bring art to a broad public. Even though since 1999 he no longer paints on walls, he’s still seen as a great influence on today’s graffiti and urban art movements, as is shown by Banksy’s statement: "Every time I think I've painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek le rat has done it as well. Only twenty years earlier."

 

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Bobrow, Aaron
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1985 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Aaron Bobrow employs industrial materials like plastic tarp and motor oil to create works that examine the rigid forms and ideas that relate to urban existence. His practice encompasses painting, video, and works on paper. He shows the multiplicity of gestures and marks that the chosen materials have already accrued from countless sets of circumstances, anonymous individuals, environmental effects, and the removal itself. Bobrow’s works highlight the stark differences between how one experiences gesture in the everyday world versus a gallery or museum background. In an urban context of endless cycles of destruction and rebuilding, his creations stop time and point to a frozen present.

 


 
Boccon-Gibod, Isabelle
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1968, she lives and works in Paris.

Isabelle Boccon-Gibod studied engineering in France and the USA before turning to photography. Active in the paper industry, she has been at the head of several factories in the USA and in the United Kingdom. She has published several photo books, among which: Fors intérieurs. Rendez-vous avec des mathéticiens (2011), a collection of portraits of mathematicians; and Entre leurs mains. L’exercice du pouvoir (2014). Boccon-Gibod also takes photographs of landscapes (Finland, Siberia) as well as of buildings and monuments.


 

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Bock, John
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Germany in 1965, he lives and works in Berlin.

John Bock studied fine arts and economics in Hamburg. His art is influenced by Dadaism, Surrealism and Fluxus as it consists of installations, films, mixed-media collages, performances and lectures. Bock often uses found objects which he puts together in dysfunctional machines or collages; he has also used food and puppetry in his performances. The artist likes to implicate the audience in his work, for example in Klütterkamer, in which the audience had to climb through ladders and hay bales in an environment reminiscent of Bock’s childhood home. “I like the idea of connecting different objects and materials in a collage. And although I try to give clues to the audience, the presence of the objects can make things quite complicated.” – John Bock

 

 
Boeltz, Claude-Victor
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1937, he lives and works in the USA.

After studying sculpture with Henri Molins, Claude-Victor Boeltz got interested in geology and the art of foundry. After meeting César, he started creating sculptures that can be seen as the opposite of César’s Compressions. He invented the technique of the “exploded bronze”, a technique that sees the metal explode at the moment of fusion. The artist then covers the metal with 24-karat-plated gold and incrusts it with gemstones and minerals. Boeltz founded his own foundry in the French Loire region during the 1960s as well as an art-casting foundry just outside of Paris. Since the 1980s, he lives in the USA, where he opened an atelier specialized in metalwork. There, he has created several pieces for casinos and hotels. Boeltz describes his art as “Esosurrealism”, a term which he defines as “art which takes your imagination, and at the same time creates in an instant, the ability for man to forget his fear of death.”


 

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Boghiguian, Anna
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1946 in Egypt. Lives and works nomadically.

Using drawing and painting, Anna Boghiguian creates diary-like series of works that depicts her experiences and impressions gathered during her many travels. Mixing images with text, she relies on her background in political science and economics to comment on contemporary social issues. Her multilayered work approaches themes as different as the environment of leprosy sufferers in India or the complex urban structure of Cairo. Boghiguian is a constant traveller and never adopted a city as home, using an endless stream of observations as source for her work.

 


 
Bollaert, Matthieu
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1987 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Boltanski, Christian
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


 Born in France in 1944, he lives and works in Malakoff.

Christian Boltanski is a French sculptor, painter, photographer and installation artist. Death, remembrance, memory and human experience are at the center of his artistic practice. Over the years, the artist has developed an inventory-like approach to human life. Boltanski sees the pieces of clothing, found objects and old photos he uses in his artworks – which bear titles like Monuments, Altars and Archives – as testimonies to the past lives of individuals. While a lot of Boltanski's works have been read as references to the Holocaust, the artist has always asserted that his work was about death in general, and not about one particular event. Boltanski: "My work is obsessively about people. (…) Part of my work has been about what I call 'small memory.' Large memory is recorded in books and small memory is about little things: trivia, jokes. Part of my work then has been about trying to preserve 'small memory', because often when someone dies, that memory disappears. Yet that 'small memory' is what makes people different from one another, unique. These memories are very fragile, I want to save them."

 

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Bonvicini, Monica
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Italy in 1965, she lives and works in Berlin.

Power, sexuality, control and surveillance are some of the recurring themes in Monica Bonvicini’s work. Through her sculptures, paintings, photographs and installation pieces, the artist investigates the meaning of art and language, the notion of freedom and the questions of gender; she has, for example, focused on the architectural field as a field that is dominated by men. Bonvicini admits she was highly influenced by Bruce Nauman, who’s integrated questions of language and space in his neon artworks and performances. While her work revolves around serious themes, the artist never forgets to instill humor in her work: “Humor is an important component of my work. I find that it enables art to surprise, to twist expectations, to put into question all pre-existing judgments and conventions.” Bonvicini won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial in 1999.

 

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Boot, Andy
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1987 in Australia. Lives and works in Vienna and Sydney.

Andy Boot’s artistic investigation of surfaces and patterns relates to the progressive blurring of state of being, presentation and representation. “Just as Duchamp once asked himself if it was possible to make a work of art that was not a work of art, Boot asks, all but rhetorically, not to mention paradoxically, if it is possible to make an image that is not an image”, explains Chris Sharp. “Indeed, what constitutes an image now that we live in the labyrinth of images? What is its current zero degree? And how is that determined?” In his work, the questioning of surface’s status also involves reflections on materiality and functionality. Through the transformation of the patterns in materials, gestures and painting in ornament and decoration, he puts our perception of surface above both form and function.

 

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Booth, Alvin
"ta.bu" January - March 2016,
"Obsession" January - March 2015,
"Resonance(s)" April - June 2014,

"Origin(s)" may - june 2011, "Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016


Born in the United Kingdom in 1959, he lives and works in New York.

The central theme in Alvin Booth’s work is the human body. As a photographer and sculptor, Booth creates images of the human body which are both familiar and surreal, erotic and comic. The artist hides the naked body by multiplying it. The body becomes an abstract pattern, it disappears and loses individuality but, in doing so, limbs and genitalia become strange and brand new, in the way that words do when they are repeated over and over again. In his sculptures, Booth experiments with silicone, light, sensors and even scent to invite us to create new interpretations of our bodies.


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Borderie, André
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1923 in France and died in 1998.

André Borderie’s body of work is diverse and testifies his continual desire for renewal. He lived and worked in a small artists’ community until 1957. There, they devoted themselves to ceramics and paintings. Then, he developed his own style for his ceramics, based on the use of simple geometric forms – triangles, circles and squares – along with pure colors. Together with the group Espace he created significant sculptural works for public spaces in a variety of materials such as steel, concrete, ceramic, mosaic tiles and paint. Constantly in the move for improving his artistic practice, Borderie also experimented with tapestry making.

 


 
Borremans, Michaël
"Obsession" January - March 2015,
"Young Collectors" September - December 2013,
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016


 Born in Belgium in 1963, he lives and works in Ghent.

Originally trained in photography and printmaking, Michaël Borremans decided in the mid-1990s to specialize in drawing and painting. His work is figurative, often of small size, and recalls the nostalgic atmosphere of old picture albums. His images, by their atmospheric intensity, charm thanks to their stylistics and technical perfection. They are puzzles involving political and psychological patterns in the manners of perceiving the world. Borremans’ complex and open-ended scenes lend themselves to conflicting moods — at once nostalgic, darkly comical, disturbing, and grotesque. At first glance, his creations are realistic in nature and in their technique hark back to great masters such as Velazquez and Goya. A closer inspection would reveal the introduction of singularities such as undefined light sources, a devious perspective or a strange framing, which turn his creations into true products of their time.

 


 
Bossuroy, Anne
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1967 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Boucher, François
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1703 in France and died in 1770.

François Boucher was a member of the Academy of Painting and Sculpture and was nominated First Painter of the King Louis XV in 1765. Boucher was mastering numerous techniques. He could paint with oil, masterfully used frescoes, achieved marvelous portraits, boudoir panels, books’ illustrations and designed models for the Manufacture Royale de Porcelaine. He knew the uses of engraving and did wonderful drawings. His works were inspired by the customs and high society’s lifestyle of his time. Master of rococo, Boucher was also an expert in gallantry and scenes from the boudoir, where sensuality has the insolence of nature. In doing so, he drew his inspirations from mythology or poetic bucolic scenes and favoured allegorical and gallant scenes, thus becoming the champion of love and happiness.

 
Bouderbala, Meriem
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1960 in Tunisia. Lives and works in Paris and Tunis.

Meriem Bouderbala is a feminist. Combining a variety of media and techniques she addresses issues concerning Eastern and Western sensibilities around the representations of the body. “Sometimes I expose fragments of skin marked by signs, scars or injuries; other times I stop at the tissue that covers the body and envelops it as a fragile cocoon or a hostile carapace. Islamic tradition explored in its own manner similar pathways. The marks on the skin can embellish it just as they can conceal it; the draped fabrics hide the body as much as they celebrate its mystery. In the Islamic tradition, the geometry, the symmetry, and the repetition of patterns constitute a response to these contradictions: the body disappears behind the mathematical order of the world,” says Bouderbala. At the core of her work there is a critical inquiry of the status of women in the Arab world, divided between the respect for tradition and the desire for modernity.

 


 
Bourdin, Guy
"Sex, Money and Power" January - March 2013, "Red" September - December 2012, "Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in 1928 in France and died in 1991.

Guy Bourdin was one of the most innovative and influential fashion photographers of the 20th century. He was also one of only a handful of photographers who had almost complete creative freedom within the field of editorial and advertising fashion photography. Beside his editorial work for Vogue magazine, he also devoted himself to commercial photography. His advertising work for Charles Jourdan shoes, was groundbreaking in its approach, originality and daring. He photographed his models in mysterious, highly stylized, surreal scenarios, frequently dealing with subjects such as sex and desire. Bourdin’s pictures were meant to shock and arouse curiosity. His depiction of eroticism and violence is a major element in his photographic works which could be thematically comparable to the bloody climax of Bonnie and Clyde, the dental torture in Marathon Man, or the orgiastic violence of The Wild Bunch. This particular kind of violent depictions plays with the audience’s attraction to brutality that consider violence glamorous. Bourdin’s legacy may lay in the way he broke taboos and reflected violence in society. In that manner he had set the path for contemporary artists, like Paul McCarthy and Matthew Barney, in combining disgust with exaltation.

 

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Bourgeois, Jean-Daniel
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1983 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Bourgeois, Louise
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

 Born in 1911 in France and died in 2010.

Louise Bourgeois’ work, crossing Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, oscillating between abstract geometry and organic reality, escapes all artistic classification attempts. Her creations – drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, engravings and objects – are frequently based on memory, emotion and childhood souvenirs’ reactivation. The artist has created a personal and autobiographical visual language, using all types of material and all manner of shapes. From the outset, Bourgeois saw sculpture as link with the environment and the works between themselves, metamorphosis being an essential principle of her work: in the sculpture itself and in its interaction with other elements, modifying perception and meaning.

 


 
Brannon, Matthew
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1971 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Using the aesthetics of graphic art, Matthew Brannon’s oeuvre explores the gulf between social ideals and personal crisis. He often situates his work around themes of self-destructive behaviors that outwardly reflect inner dysfunction. Objects from everyday life, such as restaurant menus, advertisements and posters, inspire him. Elements from these items are incorporated into his own creations – lithographs and screen prints – that carry both the suggestion of mass reproduction and aura of original artworks. Brannon frequently combines text and image, exploring the relationship between language and actuality.

 


 
Bratkov, Sergey
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in the Ukraine in 1960, he lives and works in Moscow.

Working in the media of photography, Sergey Bratkov is interested in many things, the years 2000s and war politics being just two of them. His works place the sitter in unusual settings. He invites the audience to rethink the space depicted, which he sees as a vacuum devoid of conscious life. Bratkov never shied away from depicting human figures, even in their most vulnerable or inconvenient placement. He became instantly infamous for presenting his photographic series Kids in 2001, which staged horror stories children tell at night in dormitories. “The theme of trash is probably the main now because there is a lot of garbage around” – Sergey Bratkov

 

 
Brauner, Victor
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Piatra Neamț, Romania in 1903, he died in Paris in 1996.

Brauner attended the Art School in Bucharest where he liked to paint Cézannesque landscapes. Then, according to himself, he went through all the stages: "Dadaist, Abstractionist, Expressionist". After travelling between France and Romenia, he settled permanently in Paris, When he moved to Paris in 1945, he surrounded himself with prominent artists: he became close friends with sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, and lived in the same building as Alberto Giacometti and Yves Tanguy, who introduced him to the Surrealists group. Here, Brauner painted Self-Portrait with a Plucked Eye, which turned out to be gruesomely prophetic as he lost his left eye in a violent argument between the Spanish surrealist painters Oscar Dominguez and Esteban Francés. After he was forced to take refuge in Southern France during the Second World War and was unable to obtain his usual working materials, Brauner discovered encaustic painting, a technique in which paint is mixed with molten wax. ”

 

 
Brodahl, Cris
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Icon(s)" April - July 2015,
"Inner Journeys" April - June 2013


Born in Belgium in 1963, she lives and works in Ghent.

Cris Brodahl paintings are about silence; the irrevocable course of time is enhanced by her sepia toned paintings, and refined by her observation skills. Her painting style is sophisticated, figurative and to some extent nostalgic, using a palette of greyish tones that lend the artworks the glamour and aura of an old movie. Over the past years, she has been creating paintings based on collages and cut outs from magazine images. Her mysterious artworks can also combine porcelain with oil paint, wood and other materials. The artist doesn’t limit herself to acquiring new technical skills; she is also creating a rich and deep visual world. Brodahl’s works draw on universal subject matters such as death, religion, power and sexuality. Her universe is feminine and elegant: a portrait, an accessory, a space, a glance or a movement, all of which referring mostly to femininity or indicating a female presence. At the same time, her world is somber, emotionally charged and introspective. In complex fragmented images that slice and overlap, rise and compress, Brodahl presents a beauty that is fractured and suggestive of a hidden psychological fear lying just beneath the surface of the paint.

 


 
Brognon, David & Rollin, Stéphanie
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1978 in Belgium (David Brognon) and in 1980 in Luxemburg (Stéphanie Rollin). Live and work in Luxemburg.

The work of artist duo David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin is discernible by elements derived directly from the street scene, and marked by their interest for outsiders and marginality. For them, the street is the privileged place for symbolic confrontations between different social sensibilities. They are concerned with the various facets of urban subcultures and by their demystification. Destiny, confinement, empathy, and addiction are some of the subjects they approach.

 

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Broodthaers, Marcel
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013


Born in Belgium in 1924, he died in 1976.

During his artistic career, Marcel Broodthaers produced a variety of works in a wide range of media, including enigmatic objects made of egg and mussel shells, typographic paintings, films, prints, photographs, and ephemeral, provocative installations. His works have been linked to Surrealism, Pop Art, Conceptualism, Dada, and Minimalism. With Museum of Modern Art, Eagles Department (1968-1972), he inaugurated the practice now known as institutional critique and the linguistic foundations of his art that explored, among others, the effect that the context has upon the meaning of objects and the problematic nature of language. While extremely rich in allusions, Broodthaers’ creations are ultimately enigmatic and their meaning is elusive. Instead of providing answers, he raises questions, often about the very nature of the art and the institutions surrounding, protecting, and promoting it.

 


 
Brossa, Joan
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1919 in Spain and died in 1998.

Joan Brossa was, above all, a poet. Behind his immense literary production, is his commitment to the questions of social compromise and political militancy, as well as a special interest for the philosophy and the oriental religions. Together with other artists he established the “Dau al Set,” an important Catalan avant-garde movement. In short, his work revolves around three things: poetry, action and the visual. These three elements are interconnected so that each is attached one to another, and so that the labels (whether they are literary poetry, scenic poetry or visual poetry) are simply a question of names. Brossa statement’s “the words are the things,” was mostly inspired by French symbolist poet Mallarmé who himself had a great influence on many other artists, like Chema Madoz and Jaume Plensa.

 


 
Brown, Don
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1962 in England. Lives and works in London.

Don Brown draws his inspiration from classical antiquity and neoclassicism sculptors such as Canova’s The Three Graces (1814-1817) or Dega’s La petite danseuse de quatorze ans (1879-1881). He rests his interest on questions of representational perfection. In his particular attention to classical sculpture, the place of an idealized heroine is taken by the real-life figure of the artist’s wife, his muse for an ongoing series. Brown’s work is marked by his technical virtuosity and attention to detail.

 


 
Brus, Günter
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1938 in Austria. Lives and works between Graz and La Gomera, Canary Islands.

Günter Brus is one of the founders of the Viennese Actionism, movement born in the 60s in Austria that used the human body for artistic creations in outrageous and violent ways. His radical, obscene and transgressive performances are extended from 1970 through his practice of drawing and writing. He seeks to highlight the body’s vulnerability by breaking taboos, mainly sexual ones. His drawings and literary works illustrate the artist’s desire to examine the unconscious structures of human existence.

 


 
Buren, Daniel
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1938 in France.

In the 60’s, Daniel Buren began to produce unsolicited public art works using striped canvas, with 87 mm wide standard stripes. He is known best for using regular, contrasting maxi stripes to integrate the visual surface and architectural space. Denoting the trademark stripes as a visual instrument or ‘seeing tool’ he invites us to take up his critical standpoint challenging traditional ideas about art. Buren teaches us nothing about the nature of the image, but about real architectural space. His intention as an artist is to make the context of the artwork visible to the spectator: space, light, but also to awaken the consciousness of the beholder.
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Burkhard, Balthasar
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Switzerland in 1944, he died in 2010.

Balthasar Burkhard is a Swiss photographer and filmmaker. He is most famous for his large format city landscapes and portraits of wild animals, often in black and white. Burkhard started working as a freelance photographer in 1965. It was around this time that he started working as a documentation photographer at the Kunsthalle Bern, where he met the renowned curator Harald Szeemann; Burkhard helped create the poster for Szeemann’s landmark exhibition When Attitudes Become Form (1969). He also photographed artists and happenings during the Documenta V in Kassel (1972). Burkhard was, together with his colleague Markus Raetz, one of the first photographers to print their photographs directly onto canvases. Aside from his activities as a photographer, Burkhard was also a lecturer at the University of Illinois in Chicago in the 1970s and created several interventions with Niele Toroni.

 

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Burkhart, Kathe
 "States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1958 in the USA. Lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.

The juxtaposition of fiction/reality and text/image are inherent part of Kate Burkhart’s body of work. Active as visual artist and writer, she focuses on the ideas of performativity and portraiture. “I don’t think we can divorce a person’s identity from their work entirely. It may be more or less apparent in the work, depending on what the work is about, but in a relativistic sense, all work is autobiographical (in the performative sense anyway). That someone bothers to make something – anything – attests to the importance of memory, and memory is connected to identity, to subjectivity,” says Burkhart. Her interdisciplinary practice has a feminist content, exploring and criticizing gender roles, sexuality and stereotypes.

 


 
Burman, Chila
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1957 in England. Lives and works in London.

Chila Kumari Burman works with a wide range of media including video, print, photography, installation and etching. Predominantly autobiographical, her creations explore the experiences and aesthetics of Asian femininity, sexuality and identity. Her recent work is an attempt to develop ideas and images related to new cultural contexts and politics in the twenty-first century.

 

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Büttner, Andrea
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1972 in Germany. Lives and works in London and Frankfurt.

Andrea Büttner's work encompasses woodcuts, video, photography, and installations. In her deep “conceptual” approach to realize her art, her works derive from an interest for the ethical questions, as the relation between poverty and shame, and religious or spiritual themes. By her background in art history and philosophy she approaches her work in a more thoughtful and academic way than political.

 

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Butzer, André
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Germany in 1973, he lives and works in Germany.

André Butzer works on large-scale semi-abstract paintings that feature cartoon-like characters and objects with exaggerated, anxious faces. He is mainly interested in the comic genre, whose ambivalence comes from a childlike inflation of effect and from an artificial lifelessness, set beyond morality. Butzer’s work has been called Science-Fiction-Expressionism; he is highly influenced by Willem de Kooning, James Ensor, and Phillip Guston. His works are concerned with the physical act of painting which is well seen from the high impasto technique, wild doodles and use of a bright and varied colour palette.