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

 

Artist statement


‘To Titillate’ trtrlert/

arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement, especially through sexually suggestive images or words.

arouse, rouse, excite, stimulate, stir, thrill, interest, attract, please, fascinate


The body embodies many aspects in Elke’s work. It is used as a model, an object and medium. The disconnection from ‘the body’ as we know it fascinates, attracts and invites to look closer.

Using media like video, photocollage and installation, she explores the body in all it forms. The body is literally objectified. This time NOT as a lust-object.


By reinventing the way we look at the body and how it takes shape, Elke researches what happens through recognition and abstraction. Using skintones and imperfections of the body as fundation, the body is pulled apart from its known form and image of the body is recreated. Imperfections of the body and the skin are investigated and made into a Body of Bodies. Elke photographs all the models herself and searches for the right perspective and details to use in her collages.


As a spectator we all search for recognition. This urge makes us see things that aren’t really there. We tend to see ‘Pareidolia’, this literally means looking beside the image and seeing something that is not there. Our brain is used to recognise things quickly. This is a basic reflex which protects us from danger and helps us read people’s expressions.


The body respresents EVERYBODY and becomes ONE trough collages. Gender, race and age are put in one bundle of bodies. Which parts of the body we see isn’t clear. As a spectator you tend to try and figure out which parts you are seeing. We see the body in its purest form. Nude and with all its imperfections. Shown as it is but out of its context. Through this the phenomenon of pareidolia can take place. Something Elke plays with in her work.

 

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