‘To Titillate’ trtrlert/

arouse (someone) to interest or mild excitement

'The body embodies many aspects in my 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, I explore 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, I research 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. I take pictures of the models and search for the right perspective and details to use in my 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. 



.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

Selections and prizes

2019 ‘Klein Sculptuur’/ Selection groupshow/ CC/Heist-Op-Den-Berg

2019 'KolajFest'/ project 'Donate Yourself'

2014 ‘Stimulans’/ Selection/ Broelmuseum/ Courtray

2014‘Kunstsalon Sant’ / Selection/ Stadshallen/ Bruges

2011 ‘Provincial price for fine arts'/ Laureate/ Venetian Galleries/


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



'Behind the Glasss' pandemic project from Jonas Vansteenkiste/ Ghent


Vitrines D'amour, Bulthaup, Ghent



22th of November, WAWWA n°3 Oil, De Tank, Bruges


22th of November, CC Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg


29th of November, BYOB, Mutation, Nerdlab, Ghent


2th of October, M/V/X: Het lichaam, een feest? Bruges


5th of September opening Makerspace Bruges

10- 14th of July, Kolaj Fest New Orleans


6th of June, Ulele Pitch 'BOOK OF BRUISES'

12th of May group project Nerdlab@Tumult Ghent


11th of May @ Verbeke Foundation Kemzeke.



'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

Elke Desutter  © Alex Vanhee


© Alex Vanhee

Using media like video, photocollage and installation,

I explore the body in all it forms.'

Download my portfolio here 

Elke Desutter



Lives in Ghent, Belgium

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Video art// installation art// video collage//collage 


'I'm a visual manipulator of the body as we know it.'

Elke Desutter