About

Elke Desutter

Video and installation artist

Bruges,1987

 

Lives in Ghent, Belgium

 

Education

.2009-2011 Master in free-arts, School of arts, Ghent

 

.2006-2009 Bachelor in free-arts, School of arts, Ghent

 

.2002-2005 Artistieke opleiding, Jan Van Eyck academy, Bruges

 

 

 

Brief description of artwork

Starting from fascination in the human behavior, Desutters work creates its own reality. Everybody has a different overall experience. How people react to each other, to strangers and to people they know, how we react in different places and situations ( for example a waiting room).

 

The stories we make around people and places is what drives Desutter in her work. We always try to understand certain situations and make connections to things we already know. In her work she tries to fool people in making connections. By using the human body in her work, she attracts the spectator's attention. It is easy to reflect yourself onto another person in a video. The body respresents EVERYBODY in her work. We see the body in its purest form.

 

But because the body isn't always recognizable, it sometimes presents itself as an object. It seems lifeless. But when we recognize the skintones or certain shapes, we try to link what we see to what we know. If we don't understand something, the brain always tries to makes connections to what it knows.

 

Desutter plays with reality and fiction in her work. The body gets tied to the reality through video and installations. By combining reality and fiction the image seems real. Non existing images are shown as realistic, but they do not lose their fictive aspect. The viewer accepts the video as real by watching it.

 

By using installations and video it's possible to fuse objects and video. That way Desutter makes objects come to life. It gives an extra dimension to her work and grabs the attention of the spectator. The work is more tangible through installation. It becomes easier to accept this as a reality.

 

Selections and prizes

 

2014

 

‘Stimulans’/ Selection/ Paardenstallen Broelmuseum in Courtray

 

‘Kunstsalon Sant’ / Selection/ Stadshallen in Bruges

 

2011                  

 

‘Provincial price for fine arts'/ Laureate/ Venetian Galleries in Ostend

 

2010                 

 

‘Frappant expo’/ Preselection/collaboration with Wesley Van Gaever /Diamantmuseum in Antwerp

 

2009                  

 

‘Arnoevoo’/3th  place/ Staf Versluys in Bredene

 

2006                  

 

‘Curieus’ in Wenduine/ Selection for the final in Ypres

 

 

 

Expositions

 

2018

 

'CENSORmeTHIS'/ solo expo/ Blanco in Ghent

 

'Projector'/ Audiovisual Festival/ Haar in Antwerp

 

'Ongezien 3'/ Dopplatform/ BP building in Antwerp

 

'More = More'/ Groupshow/ CC Sint-Niklaas

 

'Overspel deel II'/Project Prevenda/Antwerp Central Station

 

2017

 

'Overspel'/Project Prevenda/Antwerp Central Station

 

'The inhabitant Body'/ Groupshow 300jaar academie/ Schipperskapel in Bruges

 

'The first on the left'/ Sponsored project with musician Laurens Van Bouwelen/ Kouter in Ghent

 

'Kunstenlab'/Passage/ Bogardenkapel in Bruges

 

 

 

2016

 

'Als Ooit' Artforum/ Opek/ in Leuven

 

'Open Ateliers Nucleo'/ Villa De Wal in Wondelgem

 

'The Imperfectionists Abroad'/ Design Festa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

 

'4de editie KRVN'/ in Roeselare

 

 

 

2015

 

'Byob'/ Kerk in Ghent

 

'Byob'/ Tivoli in Utrecht, the Netherlands

 

'Dis_connected' solo exhibition/ Blanco in Ghent

 

'TIG # 3'/ Gouvernement in Ghent

 

2014

 

‘Hide & Seek’/ Bogardenkapel in Bruges

 

‘Open ateliers’/ Nucleo, Begga Convent in Ghent

 

‘ Stimulans’/ Paardenstallen Broelmuseum in Courtray

 

‘Kunstsalon Sant’/ Stadshallen in Bruges

 

‘ The Imperfectionists ’/ Galleria Rajatilassa in Tampere in Finland

 

‘ BEAF ’/ Bozar in Bruxelles (assistence for artist Valery Vermeulen)

 

2013

 

‘ Tumult '/ Stukken in Ghent

 

‘ Trial ’/ CC Meulestede in Ghent

 

2012                      

 

‘ Norda Xposed ’/ Norda in De Haan

 

‘ Brut-ell ’/ Zebrastraat in Ghent

 

‘ T-Lab ’/ TOI3 in Ronse

 

2011            

 

‘ Kaskweek ’/ Kask in Ghent

 

‘Ausstellung ’ / Leonardo Campus in Münster, Germany

 

‘ Vierjaarlijkse prijs voor beeldende kunsten ‘/ provincial price West-Flanders ,Venetian Galleries in Ostend

 

2010                     

 

‘ Jonge Zwervers III ‘/ Offoff, lindenlei 38 in Ghent

 

‘ Exhibition.Wystawa. tentoonstelling ‘/ ccd’Annexe in De Haan

 

 ‘ Mayday Mayday ’/ Campo Boma in Ghent

 

‘ Frappant expo ’/ Diamantmuseum in Antwerp

 

‘ Jazz & Sounds ’/ Concertgebouw Kask in Ghent

 

2009                     

 

‘ Arnoevoo ’/ Staf Versluys in Bredene

 

‘ Actuele Kunst Labo ’/ in Ronse

 

‘ Bijlokedag ’/ Kask in Ghent

 

‘ Titel# ’/ Hof ter Dampoort in Ghent

 

2008                     

 

‘ Solo project, Het magazijn‘/ JH ‘de Kaarderij’ in Ghent

 

2007                     

 

‘ Kiezen voor kunst ’/ Provincial edition / in Ypres

 

2006                     

 

‘ Curieus ’/ Wielingenbad in Wenduine

 

2005                     

 

‘ Vrouw en geweld ’/ Amnesty International/ in Bruges

Video and installation art 

Elke Desutter