Elke Desutter

Video and installation artist



Lives in Ghent, Belgium



.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




‘Stimulans’/ Selection/ Paardenstallen Broelmuseum in Courtray


‘Kunstsalon Sant’ / Selection/ Stadshallen in Bruges




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




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




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




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








'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




'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






'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






'Byob'/ Kerk in Ghent


'Byob'/ Tivoli in Utrecht, the Netherlands


'Dis_connected' solo exhibition/ Blanco in Ghent


'TIG # 3'/ Gouvernement in Ghent




‘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)




‘ Tumult '/ Stukken in Ghent


‘ Trial ’/ CC Meulestede in Ghent




‘ Norda Xposed ’/ Norda in De Haan


‘ Brut-ell ’/ Zebrastraat in Ghent


‘ T-Lab ’/ TOI3 in Ronse




‘ Kaskweek ’/ Kask in Ghent


‘Ausstellung ’ / Leonardo Campus in Münster, Germany


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




‘ 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




‘ Arnoevoo ’/ Staf Versluys in Bredene


‘ Actuele Kunst Labo ’/ in Ronse


‘ Bijlokedag ’/ Kask in Ghent


‘ Titel# ’/ Hof ter Dampoort in Ghent




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




‘ Kiezen voor kunst ’/ Provincial edition / in Ypres




‘ Curieus ’/ Wielingenbad in Wenduine




‘ Vrouw en geweld ’/ Amnesty International/ in Bruges

Video and installation art 

Elke Desutter